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Syllabification: ad·ven·ture
Pronunciation: /adˈven(t)SHər
, ədˈven(t)SHər

Definition of adventure in English:


1An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity: her recent adventures in Italy
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  • Does the idea of touring conjure up exciting images of places to see and new foods and adventures to experience in foreign lands?
  • For some children starting kindergarten is an exciting adventure, for others the experience borders on the terrifying.
  • It is also an exciting adventure and a story of a quest that must be fulfilled.
exploit, escapade, deed, feat, experience
1.1Daring and exciting activity calling for enterprise and enthusiasm: she traveled the world in search of adventure a sense of adventure
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  • Men crave adventure, risk, danger and heroic sacrifice.
  • The danger, excitement and adventure of racing yachts on the high seas awaits a North Yorkshire woman, picked to take part in one of the world's toughest yacht races.
  • I am armed with a sense of adventure, and excited for what awaits.
excitement, thrill, stimulation;
risk, danger, hazard, peril, uncertainty, precariousness
1.2 archaic A commercial speculation.
Example sentences
  • The only downside to my commercial adventure is the mischief being done to the American dollar.
  • The first recorded case of an Indian being christened here was bound up with British commercial adventures in South Asia.
  • At this stage in history, the merchant class, desperate for money to finance their adventures, struggled with the monopoly of the moneylenders and overcame it.


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1Engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory: they had adventured into the forest
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  • For the time being, bushwacking will still be permitted, as will adventuring on unofficial boot trails, but protecting low-use zones will be a high priority.
  • To prevent further adventuring, these emperors made it a capital offense to build a boat with more than two masts.
  • The European seaman is prudent when adventuring out to sea.
1.1 [with object] Put (something, especially money or one’s life) at risk: he adventured $3,000 in the purchase of land
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  • Before they killed him he said, ‘I have adventured my life in endeavouring to obtain the liberty of my countrymen, and I am a willing sacrifice in their cause.’
  • The document contains lists of the men and women who adventured money to the Virginia Company.
  • The adventurers were so called because they lent or adventured money to parliament.


Middle English: from Old French aventure (noun), aventurer (verb), based on Latin adventurus 'about to happen', from advenire 'arrive'.

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