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, of course, what is a video game apart from a particularly complex choose-your-own-adventure experience. James Vincent, The Verge, "Watch the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, releasing Friday 28th on Netflix," 27 Dec. 2018 Other options mooted have included setting up tent cities in the nearby desert, which would offer an economical sense of adventure, if not ultimate luxury. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Qatar is the World Cup every fan should attend," 13 July 2018 With this year's highly anticipated season packed full of action, adventure, humor, and emotion, this will be the cast's first-ever panel appearance ahead of Doctor Who premiering this fall on BBC America. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic-Con 2018: Here's your Thursday schedule," 6 July 2018 Total Expert Score: 80/100 | Consumer Score: 76% give it 4 stars or higher This little compact can tough it out on any outdoor adventure and in any weather conditions. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Compact Digital Cameras for Capturing Your Adventures," 17 Apr. 2019 Every game is going to be an adventure, a challenge for us. Jeffrey Bernstein, The Seattle Times, "Griffin scores 29, Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss," 5 Feb. 2019 Megan, on the other hand, is about to embark on her own circumnavigating adventure. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Women Who Travel Meetups: San Francisco," 28 Nov. 2018 The various workout offerings meant that guests got to choose their own adventure. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 Your capacity to gaze upon these spaces without judgement will prep you for the 24th’s Full Moon, which magnifies your capacity to open wide to surprises and choose-your-own adventures. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 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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