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


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 Our adventure started the night before the course with Savage’s senior design engineer, Andy Sunseri, walking us through the technology and features in the Impulse rifle line. Derek Mcdonald, Outdoor Life, "Field Test: The New Straight-Pull Savage Impulse Rifle," 5 Jan. 2021 In 2021, at age 70, Richard Branson may face his most daunting adventure yet: a trip to the edge of space in his suborbital spaceplane. Washington Post, "2021 could be a huge year for space. Here’s what’s to come from NASA, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.," 30 Dec. 2020 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is closed but your adventure awaits. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Dec. 30," 28 Dec. 2020 Travel might be complicated right now, but use our inspirational trip ideas to plan ahead for your next bucket list adventure. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "These Private Ski Mountains Let You Have the Slopes All to Yourself," 27 Dec. 2020 In July 2014, Roman Dial’s 27-year-old son emailed his parents about the next phase of his adventure travels in the rainforests of Central America. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Our reviewers read a lot of books in 2020. Here are their favorites.," 25 Dec. 2020 More:Does Netflix pull off the choose-your-own-adventure 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'? Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Hugh Grant mixes up real life with 'Game of Thrones' in clip from 'Death to 2020' yearend special," 25 Dec. 2020 But inside the Seaver household, Tom and Nancy sold Cincinnati to the girls as their next great family adventure. Devin Gordon Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Reginald Dwayne Betts Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Even the greatest Met ever could have his heart broken by the Mets.," 24 Dec. 2020 Here, Ousland and Horn stepped onto the ice’s surface and their adventure began. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, "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

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First Known Use of adventure


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for adventure


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


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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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Adventure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adventure

: an exciting or dangerous experience
: danger or excitement


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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