[ ad-ven-cher ]
See synonyms for: adventureadventuredadventuresadventuring on

  1. an exciting or very unusual experience.

  2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.

  1. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.

  2. a commercial or financial speculation of any kind; venture.

  3. Obsolete.

    • peril; danger; risk.

    • chance; fortune; luck.

verb (used with object),ad·ven·tured, ad·ven·tur·ing.
  1. to risk or hazard.

  2. to take the chance of; dare.

  1. to venture to say or utter: to adventure an opinion.

verb (used without object),ad·ven·tured, ad·ven·tur·ing.
  1. to take the risk involved.

  2. to venture; hazard.

Origin of adventure

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English aventure, from Anglo-French, Old French, from Vulgar Latin adventūra (unrecorded) “what must happen,” feminine (originally neuter plural) of Latin adventūrus future participle of advenīre “to arrive”; ad- ad- replacing a- a-5; see advent, -ure

Other words from adventure

  • ad·ven·ture·ful, adjective
  • un·ad·ven·tur·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use adventure in a sentence

  • It was a carefree kind of life, with just enough of variety to hold Bud's interest to the adventuring.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • Forthwith that same autumn took he ship on certain galleys with warriors who were adventuring on to the Greek sea.

  • He felt like an adventuring knight, who, having killed all the dragons, rescues the captive princess from her tower.

    Glory of Youth | Temple Bailey
  • He, more than any one Hayden could think of, might be of use to him in a certain Argonautic expedition he was adventuring upon.

    The Silver Butterfly | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • And because she was for adventuring with her brother at bloody work of civil war in the pay of a foreign government!

British Dictionary definitions for adventure


/ (ədˈvɛntʃə) /

  1. a risky undertaking of unknown outcome

  2. an exciting or unexpected event or course of events

  1. a hazardous financial operation; commercial speculation

  2. obsolete

    • danger or misadventure

    • chance

  1. to take a risk or put at risk

  2. (intr foll by into, on, upon) to dare to go or enter (into a place, dangerous activity, etc)

  1. to dare to say (something): he adventured his opinion

Origin of adventure

C13: aventure (later altered to adventure after the Latin spelling), via Old French ultimately from Latin advenīre to happen to (someone), arrive

Derived forms of adventure

  • adventureful, adjective

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