ad·ven·ture | \ əd-ˈven-chər \

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\-ˈven-ch(ə-)riŋ \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for adventure

Synonyms: Noun

chance, enterprise, flier (also flyer), gamble, speculation, throw, venture

Synonyms: Verb

chance, gamble (on), hazard, risk, tempt, venture

Antonyms: Noun

sure thing

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Examples of adventure in a Sentence


The field trip was an adventure for the students. He told us about his camping adventures. They were looking for adventure.


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

Because in choosing Uniqlo, Mr. Federer is effectively creating a new paradigm for a post-technical sports brand adventure. New York Times, "Roger Federer Wants to Win a New Game," 12 July 2018 This week, Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid for a new Italian adventure while France returned to another final and Croatia conquered their first one ever, as the Chicago Fire opened the transfer market with a cart full of news. Juan Pimiento,, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018 Who’s setting out for a life-changing adventure this time? Matthew Gilbert,, "This week: Paris Hilton, a psychic, and sweet treats," 8 July 2018 Chris Hemsworth taking his daughter along for the adventure. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "From Dax Shepard to The Rock, these celebrity dads are winning on Instagram," 15 June 2018 The journey to the Sheldon Chalet is an adventure in itself. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 Get ready for an adventure to an uncharted island where kids are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms during this year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Calvary Lutheran Church. Kerry Plummer,, "Dancing for better health [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]," 6 July 2018 His adventures include hilariously pretending to hang on to a tree for dear life while hiking and singing his heart out at a nightclub. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "5 hilarious moments from Jimmy Butler's 2018 NBA offseason," 4 July 2018 When adventure calls Our final mission is to tackle the wide river crossing to finish. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Heli-biking: Chopper up, epic ride down a mountain," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But there is still something to be said for standalone GPS devices as a dedicated navigation device or a handheld unit for those adventuring off the grid. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best GPS Units For Your Next Hike or Road Trip," 2 Mar. 2017 But that’s a small price to pay for adventuring in the final frontier. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury space hotel stay will cost you $9.5M," 3 July 2018 One of the biggest challenges when adventuring in a van is having a place to store everything. Alexandra Lev, Outside Online, "10 #Vanlife Essentials, on Sale Now," 18 May 2018 Imagine yourself from above, adventuring through your life like a hero clad in gorgeous costuming. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes June 25-July 1," 23 June 2018 Alea, whose parents are the last of the adventuring Discovery Team, and Steven, whose dad keeps the outpost running on Engineering Team, are the perfect representation of the struggles at the heart of this book. Will Nevin,, "TBT #40: New Nancy Drew, sci-fi and more coming in comics," 13 June 2018 The pair adventured well together, from their first date in their freshman year of college — Jeffrey drove a pal’s ’67 Mustang to a drive-in where the waitresses wore roller skates — to a junior-year study abroad program in Australia. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Alisha Glennon and Jeffrey Stacey of Mount Airy," 8 May 2018 Visitors can adventure out onto the dock for swimming and fishing. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Clay County: Military history at Camp Blanding," 7 May 2018 Had he been born into another place or time, Bill Veeck might have been the beckoning captain of an adventuring ship. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / History / News / Sports A chat with Bill Veeck, the most fun White Sox owner of all time," 3 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of adventure

: an exciting or dangerous experience

: danger or excitement


ad·ven·ture | \ əd-ˈven-chər \

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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a magnificent or impressive array

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