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

Thrilled to be bringing the adventures of Katy Keene and her New York pals to life! Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "What Is 'Katy Keene' About? This 'Riverdale' Spin-Off Is Star-Studded," 12 Mar. 2019 The story follows the adventures of Billy Pilgrim, an American soldier who survives the bombing of Dresden in 1945, only to be abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and exhibited in their zoo. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Fantasies of Alien Life," 7 Mar. 2019 Thrilled to be bringing the adventures of Katy Keene and her New York pals to life! Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Musical Riverdale Spin-Off Is Coming to The CW & It Sounds So Good," 27 Jan. 2019 Thrilled to be bringing the adventures of Katy Keene and her New York pals to life! Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Riverdale"'s New Spin-Off, "Katy Keene"," 24 Jan. 2019 The Orville, Seth MacFarlane's warm homage to the Star Trek franchise, delighted viewers with the interstellar adventures of the crew aboard the titular starship. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 At first, the adventures of ’80s video game villain Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and ’00s racer game heroine Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) seem largely disconnected or plot-driven. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but for the internet," 21 Nov. 2018 Follow the adventures of a high-design couple who remodeled a 1975 Airstream. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 12 best #VanLife Instagram accounts to follow right now," 11 Oct. 2018 Right now the only piece of current Star Wars canon that falls within that time frame is the novel Last Shot, which details the continuing adventures of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars "The Mandalorian"," 5 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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