- an exciting or very unusual experience.
- participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
- a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.
- a commercial or financial speculation of any kind; venture.
- peril; danger; risk.
- chance; fortune; luck.
- to risk or hazard.
- to take the chance of; dare.
- to venture to say or utter: to adventure an opinion.
- to take the risk involved.
- to venture; hazard.
Origin of adventure
Related Words for adventureexploit, feat, trip, experience, scene, peril, happening, undertaking, jeopardy, incident, hazard, endangerment, chance, venture, enterprise, contingency, speculation, occurrence, emprise
Examples from the Web for adventure
Contemporary Examples of adventure
Marcel the elephant takes readers on a journey through his life, recounting his memories full of travel and adventure.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Now this one-month adventure has been turned into a documentary, fittingly titled Banksy Does New York, set to air Nov. 17 on HBO.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion
November 14, 2014
Thrust into a world of seemingly supernatural monsters, his adventure begins.
The hero first enters a period known as separation, where he leaves his past and enters a new life of adventure.
They appear to see not atrocities but adventure, not gore but glory.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
Historical Examples of adventure
At 7.30 my brother and Windich returned, and were surprised to hear of our adventure.Explorations in Australia
Even Hope's strong constitution felt the shock of this adventure.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Where would be the fun of such an adventure if you had it alone?The Trail Book
For was not this the adventure of which she had so often dreamed?The Dream
Well, and aren't you as fond of adventure as anybody in the wide world?The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- a risky undertaking of unknown outcome
- an exciting or unexpected event or course of events
- a hazardous financial operation; commercial speculation
- danger or misadventure
- to take a risk or put at risk
- (intr foll by into, on, upon) to dare to go or enter (into a place, dangerous activity, etc)
- to dare to say (something)he adventured his opinion
Word Origin for adventure
c.1200, auenture "that which happens by chance, fortune, luck," from Old French aventure (11c.) "chance, accident, occurrence, event, happening," from Latin adventura (res) "(a thing) about to happen," from adventurus, future participle of advenire "to come to, reach, arrive at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + venire "to come" (see venue).
Meaning developed through "risk/danger" (a trial of one's chances), c.1300, and "perilous undertaking" (late 14c.) and thence to "a novel or exciting incident" (1560s). Earlier it also meant "a wonder, a miracle; accounts of marvelous things" (13c.). The -d- was restored 15c.-16c. Venture is a 15c. variant.
c.1300, "to risk the loss of," from adventure (n.). Meaning "to take a chance" is early 14c. Related: Adventured; adventuring.