ad·​ven·​ture | \ əd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce adventure (audio) \

Definition of adventure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks a book recounting his many bold adventures
b : the encountering of risks the spirit of adventure
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience an adventure in exotic dining They were looking for adventure.
3 : an enterprise involving financial risk wanted to pay off her debts before embarking on any new financial adventures


adventured; adventuring\ əd-​ˈven-​ch(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce adventuring (audio) \

Definition of adventure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to expose to danger or loss : venture … those who adventured their persons and lives risked all they had for a slender reward.— Joseph Conrad
2 : to venture upon (see venture entry 1 sense 2) : try … the task was always one of great difficulty and art—so much so, that it could seldom be adventured in rough or windy weather.— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

intransitive verb

1 : to proceed despite risk … people going away to adventure upon the sea …— Virginia Woolf
2 : to take the risk … I would adventure for such merchandise— William Shakespeare

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Examples of adventure in a Sentence

Noun The field trip was an adventure for the students. He told us about his camping adventures. They were looking for adventure. Verb adventured all his savings in a very risky investment scheme if I had to adventure a guess, I'd say she's about 35
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The film, which continues the adventures of Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Olaf the snowman, has made $738.6 million globally in just 12 days. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Frozen 2' nabs highest-grossing weekend in Thanksgiving history," 1 Dec. 2019 Most notably, the infant was featured in the 1976 holiday special Rudolph's Shiny New Year, an animation that chronicles the adventures of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as he's enlisted by Father Time to help find the missing Baby New Year. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating History Behind How Baby New Year First Started," 25 Nov. 2019 History buffs should get excited because Valhalla will follow the axe-swinging adventures of some of the world’s most famous Vikings, including Leif Erickson, Freydis, Harald Harada, and William the Conqueror. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "'Vikings’ Is Getting a Sequel But It Won't Be on History Channel," 23 Nov. 2019 But the adventures of Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley (the titular Lumberjanes, a.k.a Girl Scouts who punch monsters and solve ancient mysteries) proved so addictive that the comic has now published more than 60 issues. Christian Holub,, "The best comics of the decade," 21 Nov. 2019 The series will dramatize the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived - Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). Joe Otterson,, "‘Vikings’ sequel series set at Netflix from Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart," 19 Nov. 2019 Yet choosing to keep and improve some elements, while allowing room for the new and different, just adds to the adventure. May Klisch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mingle tradition with new twists, diverse guests, for a richer Thanksgiving experience," 19 Nov. 2019 While a tourist might be excited about the adventure of tapping into a piece of popular culture, a local might be wary about the attention from outsiders. Laura M. Holzman, Quartzy, "The popularity of the “Joker Stairs” highlights the problem with movie tourism," 8 Nov. 2019 While a tourist might be excited about the adventure of tapping into a piece of popular culture, a local might be wary about the attention from outsiders. Laura M. Holzman, Quartzy, "The popularity of the “Joker Stairs” highlights the problem with movie tourism," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over the course of the movie, multiple characters openly wonder if they’re done adventuring yet. Christian Holub,, "Frozen 2 tries its best to live up to the world-conquering original: Review," 14 Nov. 2019 Over the course of the movie, multiple characters openly wonder if they’re done adventuring yet. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "The 'Frozen II' Reviews Are In: What the Critics Are Saying," 14 Nov. 2019 For those planning on doing some serious camping or hiking this season, there are great deals on essentials for adventuring in the great outdoors. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "REI is having a massive outlet sale right now," 28 Oct. 2019 It can’t be stressed more that adventuring in Squamish comes with inherent risks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Canadian ski cross racer dies after mountain bike accident," 2 Oct. 2019 Rod was a world traveler having adventured to every continent on the globe., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/26," 26 Sep. 2019 In his 91 years, Don's hobbies included tennis, golf, bowling, woodworking, sewing, stained glass arts, theater-going, attending music concerts, adventuring in NYC, strolling the Cliff Walk in Newport, and watching UCONN Women's basketball., "Celedonio M. Asuncion," 7 Sep. 2019 There’s no bathroom in the trailer, but that’s likely not a problem for the Cargo Camper’s target customers; this type of camping is all about simple comforts, not luxuries, that make adventuring a bit easier. Megan Barber, Curbed, "No-frills travel trailer camps 2 for $7K," 14 Sep. 2018 Helen McCrory of Peaky Blinders was already announced to voice Stelmaria, the snow leopard daemon of James McAvoy‘s adventuring Lord Asriel, Lyra’s uncle. Nick Romano,, "Meet the daemons: HBO's His Dark Materials reveals voice cast," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of adventure


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for adventure


Middle English aventure, adventure (with -d- restored from Latin) "fortune, chance, occurrence, risk, enterprise, wonder," borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Vulgar Latin *adventūra "what will happen," going back to Latin, feminine singular (originally neuter plural) of adventūrus, future participle of advenīre "to arrive at, reach, arise, develop" — more at advent


alteration (with -d- restored from Latin) of Middle English aventuren, auntren "to happen, expose to risk, take a chance," borrowed from Anglo-French aventurer, verb derivative of aventure "chance, occurrence, risk" — more at adventure entry 1

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The first known use of adventure was in the 15th century

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Adventure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of adventure

: an exciting or dangerous experience
: danger or excitement


ad·​ven·​ture | \ əd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce adventure (audio) \

Kids Definition of adventure

1 : an action that involves unknown dangers and risks Even the good plans of wise wizards … go astray sometimes when you are off on dangerous adventures— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
2 : an unusual experience The trip was quite an adventure.

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