Definition of adventure in English:


Line breaks: ad¦ven|ture
Pronunciation: /ədˈvɛntʃə


  • 1An unusual and exciting or daring experience: 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, trial, experience, incident, occurrence, event, happening, episode, affair; stunt, caper, romp, antic; quest, crusade, campaign, venture
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Excitement associated with danger or the taking of risks: she travelled the world in search 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, exciting experience, thrill, stimulation; risk, riskiness, danger, dangerousness, hazard, hazardousness, peril, perilousness, uncertainty, precariousness
    informal a kick, a buzz
    North American informal a charge
  • 1.2A reckless or potentially hazardous action or enterprise: in any military adventure, the first casualty is truth
  • 1.3 archaic A commercial venture: I sold my East India adventure of £250 principal for £750
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    • 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 daring or risky activity: 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 (one’s money or life) at risk: he adventured £300 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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