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 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 Walk to the pool, play one of the two 18-hole golf courses, bike, hike or try the climbing wall and adventure course. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Here’s how safe it is to book a vacation rental right now," 1 July 2020 De Havilland is radiant, and joyfully cheeky, in the glorious technicolor of this classic adventure movie. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "9 Olivia de Havilland movies to watch for her 104th birthday that aren’t ‘Gone with the Wind’," 1 July 2020 The soft tee features a retro circus pattern and matching bright red shorts add a pop of color to any afternoon adventure. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, "25 of the cutest baby outfits for summer," 29 June 2020 This new indoor adventure park in Irving is designed for all ages. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 26 June 2020 The log flume adventure is based on the film, Song of the South, which depicts a young white boy who meets a kind storyteller named Uncle Remus, who is black. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Disney's Splash Mountain ride to ditch controversial theme for Princess and the Frog reboot," 25 June 2020 Black American travelers now reportedly represent a $63 billion market, and there's been an uptick in Black adventure travel. James Edward Mills, National Geographic, "Here’s how national parks are working to fight racism," 23 June 2020 After months away from in-person classes, JCPS said each adventure is designed to keep students' math, reading and critical thinking skills sharp. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS' new summer school program offers virtual adventures, big-ticket prizes," 22 June 2020 The USCG Air Station Miami searches for a missing 14-foot boat in the season premiere of this real life adventure series. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday plus Sunday Talk shows: Gordon Ramsay," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In this episode of Moves, fitness instructor Doug Lawder, of Railyard Fitness in Santa Fe, walks us through five exercises that will give you the strength to keep adventuring for life. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our Most Watched Videos of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 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," 8 Jan. 2020 Now, the Girl Scout organization is making everything from STEM classes to adventure camping something girls can take part in and get excited about. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Girl Scout Season Kicks Off With A Sweet New Cookie Flavor," 7 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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Time Traveler for adventure

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

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Last Updated

4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adventure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adventure. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for adventure

adventure

noun
How to pronounce adventure (audio)

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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