adventure

noun
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

adventure

verb
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, crapshoot, enterprise, flier (also flyer), flutter [chiefly British], 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

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

Share your fish stories, adventures, tips and tricks at tightlinesboise@gmail.com. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "How to beat the heat on your fishing trips in Idaho’s summer sun," 12 July 2018 Season 4 promises to be full of surprises, action, adventure, and lots of big revelations for Supergirl, Alex, James, J'onn, Lena, and Brainy. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic Con 2018: Here's your Saturday schedule," 7 July 2018 For more exciting Beaver Creek adventures, click here. Discover Magazine, "One-on-One with Executive Chef Kevin Erving," 6 July 2018 Make a plan To make the most out of your weekend buying adventure, make a plan. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Yard sale shopper: Prepare and beware," 5 July 2018 Thanks to each of you who shared your amazing journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who’s built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something goeey. Gina Martinez, Time, "This Picture of Geoffrey the Giraffe Waving Goodbye Is Upsetting Lots of Toys 'R' Us Kids," 29 June 2018 Joe Dante’s silly sci-fi adventure, starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, handily topped Chris Columbus’ family comedy. Dave Lewis, latimes.com, "From 'Back to the Future' to 'Wild Wild West': A look at the Fourth of July's biggest box office hits and misses," 29 June 2018 On Monday, July 9, Venus — the planet of love, beauty, and money — moves into Virgo, highlighting the area of your chart linked to philosophy, adventure, and exploration. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018 Take our introduction to Emily in The Raj, or Maeve’s adventures in Shogun World, or the nightmarish failed experiment that aimed to make James Delos immortal. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Now That Westworld Season 2 Is Over, Was It Worth It?," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the main impediment, Vilane concluded, is that finances limit many Africans from adventuring. Jessica Flint, Outside Online, "Meet the First Black Man to Summit Everest," 7 May 2018 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, OregonLive.com, "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, Philly.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Clay County: Military history at Camp Blanding," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of adventure

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for adventure

Noun

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

Verb

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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adventure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of adventure

: an exciting or dangerous experience

: danger or excitement

adventure

noun
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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