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, 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

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

Since sharing the news of their impending nuptials, the couple hasn't been shy about sharing in their new adventure with fans. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Showed off Matching Diamond Watches," 14 July 2018 Drop stuffed animals off during the library’s regular hours, and return Saturday morning for a slideshow of their adventures among the books — donuts included. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 The explorers in Jules Verne’s 1864 novel Journey to the Center of the Earth end their adventure on Stromboli after their raft is improbably blown out of one of its fiery vents. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Baldwin's engagement ring also made an appearance on their ocean adventure. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber Celebrate Engagement With Romantic Boat Ride: See Pics," 11 July 2018 One of her favorite adventures was an extended tour of Europe taken with her brother and sister-in-law, Cal and Faye. courant.com, "Hyla Z. Berson," 5 July 2018 As well as the drinks reception, your adventures will take you to the presidential palace, the capital city’s cafés and markets, and the coastal district of Neftala, where the oil was discovered. The Economist, "Fighting the resource curse through online gaming," 28 June 2018 Dash cams are a great way for documenting your scenic adventures (as well as provide some extra legal security on the side). Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Finding the Perfect Dash Cam," 22 June 2018 Here to spice up your next outdoor adventure is Emma Frisch, a finalist on Food Network Star and founder of Firelight Camps, a glamping destination in Ithaca, New York. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 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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