adventure

noun
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

adventure

verb
adventured; adventuring\ əd-​ˈven-​ch(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce adventure (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 What follows is an adventure of epic proportions, which sees the young women and their companions step into the seedy underbelly of Florida's night scene. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Sex, Drugs & Twitter: The Trailer For The Infamous Zola Movie Is Finally Here," 1 Apr. 2021 Getting something with Travis Scott's name attached to it in the city of Houston was an adventure in itself. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Travis Scott's spiked seltzer will actually leave a bad taste in your mouth," 1 Apr. 2021 Plus, closing those doors is an adventure in aural delights. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Drive Review: Why These Two Mercedes SUVs Belong in the Same Garage," 1 Apr. 2021 Diving into Kirby's Fourth World was the adventure of a lifetime. Christian Holub, EW.com, "DC cancels upcoming New Gods, The Trench superhero films from Ava DuVernay and James Wan," 1 Apr. 2021 Feldman, who rides his Specialized Diverge to Twins and Lynx games during the summer, said biking is an adventure. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "He took the 30 Days of Biking challenge and kept going — 5 years and counting," 30 Mar. 2021 Consumers everywhere soon found that ordering online was an adventure in the unknown, with many factories shut down and trade between Chinese provinces stalled. Alex Veiga, USA TODAY, "Suez Canal ship freed, but the pressure points in supply chain, global trade persist," 29 Mar. 2021 Consumers everywhere soon found that ordering online was an adventure in the unknown, with many factories shut down and trade between Chinese provinces stalled. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "The tugboats that could: Ever Given freed from Suez Canal," 29 Mar. 2021 Lose as much talent as Alabama did from the 2020 offense and the next spring could be an adventure. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What Nick Saban wants to see from Alabama offense this spring," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If sharing isn't quite your thing, the hotel is also home to plenty of room and suite options too, including suites that can fit up to five guests thanks to a king-sized bed and overhead bunks for smaller families looking to adventure together. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Live Out Your Wild West Fantasies at This Adorable Boutique Hotel in Colorado," 26 Mar. 2021 Fully waterproof wireless earbuds do exist for those willing to adventure beyond the Apple Store. Kenny Wassus, WSJ, "AirPods in the Shower: Accident or Innovation?," 9 Dec. 2020 Those looking to adventure into Astoria will appreciate the convenient location to the downtown area shops and restaurants as well as the popular Riverwalk; plus, the hotel is just a short drive from the Astoria Sunday Market. oregonlive, "Oregon coast chefs join forces at Astoria’s Silver Salmon Grille: Gerry Frank’s picks," 4 July 2020 Valhalla follows Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which focused more on RPG adventuring across the world of ancient Greece and less on stealth. Nick Romano, EW.com, "First Assassin's Creed Valhalla trailer brings Viking action to game series," 30 Apr. 2020 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "From Snowy Yellowstone to Sunny Kauai, These Winter Camping Spots Are Breathtaking and Uncrowded," 17 Jan. 2020 Players would be out of Midgar in four or five hours, off to spend another 30 or 40 hours adventuring across the rest of the game’s world. Jason Schreier, New York Times, "After Years of Anticipation, Final Fantasy VII Fans Get Their Reboot," 9 Apr. 2020 Is this treasure hunt just the latest version of Christopher McCandless-style doomed adventuring? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Fifth Person Dies Searching for Rumored Treasure in the Rocky Mountains," 31 Mar. 2020 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "From Snowy Yellowstone to Sunny Kauai, These Winter Camping Spots Are Breathtaking and Uncrowded," 17 Jan. 2020

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

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12 Apr 2021

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“Adventure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adventure. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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