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 Since the main lodge opened in 1957, President Jimmy Carter, author Ernest Hemingway’s son Jack, adventure writer Zane Grey and famous chefs and winemakers have stayed there. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 Journeying beyond that single axis requires the alchemy of Abernathe, the infusion of fiction, adventure, myth. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021 The first Dune book is a tremendous, powerful adventure of a young boy discovering a new world. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 Or the spooky adventure at the Maritime Museum, where visitors are invited to solve the mystery of the ghost ship Mary Celeste, which was found abandoned at sea in 1872. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 Delightful medieval adventure scored by an anachronistic soundtrack. Ben Flanagan |, al, 1 Oct. 2021 Avenger's next adventure during the most wonderful time of the year — Christmas. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 28 Sep. 2021 But that’s not the only exciting MCU multiverse adventure hitting theaters soon. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Sep. 2021 The introductory adventure, House of Lament, shows of Beadle and Grimm’s strengths as a company. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Equitours is a great option for those drawn to the wilder side of life, as well as those who prefer to adventure casually. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Luca follows the story of Luca Paguro (Jacob Tremblay) and Alberto Scorfano (Jack Dylan Grazer), young sea monsters living beneath the water’s surface who decide to adventure on land in the Italian town of Portorosso. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021 If sharing isn't quite your thing, the hotel is also home to plenty of room and suite options too, including suites that can fit up to five guests thanks to a king-sized bed and overhead bunks for smaller families looking to adventure together. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2021 Fully waterproof wireless earbuds do exist for those willing to adventure beyond the Apple Store. Kenny Wassus, WSJ, 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, 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,, 30 Apr. 2020 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, 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, 9 Apr. 2020

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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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“Adventure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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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