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\ -​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

And then there’s everything in between — adventure, breakthroughs, to intentions being set, to bonding to having some fun. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Mýa Sets Sail On Her ‘Girls Cruise’ And Spills The Tea On What Really Went Down," 12 July 2019 Perfect for sideline spectating, backyard barbecues, camping adventures, and whatever else comes your way, the SwimWays Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair with Bug Guard features netting to help shield sitters from winged invaders. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Foldable Canopy Chair with Bug Netting Just Changed Summertime Sitting for Good," 9 July 2019 It is known for legendary wildlife and big adventures, from backcountry camping to mountaineering. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Denali National Park and Preserve," 8 July 2019 Research conducted by the Maryland State Archivist suggests that peer pressure, a sense of adventure, and growing anti-British sentiment played a role in why the young men enlisted. Time, "The Maryland 400 Lost a Battle But Helped Win a War. On the 4th of July, We Should Remember Their Sacrifice," 4 July 2019 The opportunity to find love, have an amazing adventure, and meet homies, some for life is a blessing. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will 'Bachelorette' Star Mike Johnson Be on 'Bachelor in Paradise'?," 3 July 2019 Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is a full-service resort that features exceptional lodging, dining, outfitting, educational programs, outdoor adventures and, perhaps most notably, the world-class Gateway Colorado Auto Museum. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "LIV Sotheby’s International Realty lists iconic Western property for $279 million," 3 July 2019 Summer is all about adventure, and a breathtaking bike ride is the absolute best way to explore new terrain. Sam Silverman, Health.com, "The 12 Best Bike Trails of 2019 for Summer Activities," 3 July 2019 The other great theme of the Jungle Books is that of personal growth through manly, stressful adventure in the wild. Charles Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "Rudyard Kipling in America," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the same time, explicit adventuring clearly retains its appeal. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 Jurassic World is reopening its gates for a new animated Netflix series that’ll follow a group of adventuring teens left behind on Isla Nublar after the dinosaurs go wild. Piya Sinha-roy, EW.com, "Jurassic World reopens its gates for animated Camp Cretaceous Netflix series in 2020," 4 June 2019 From 1955 to 1973, Monzino adventured from Senegal to the North Pole, from the Tibesti plateau in Chad to East Africa’s Mountains of the Moon. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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