Definitions for adventureædˈvɛn tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ad•ven•tureædˈvɛn tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)an exciting or very unusual experience.

  2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises:

    the spirit of adventure.

  3. a bold, uncertain, and usu. risky undertaking.

  4. a commercial or financial speculation; venture.

  5. (v.t.)to risk or hazard.

  6. to take the chance of; dare.

  7. (v.i.)to take the risk involved.

  8. to speculate; venture.

Origin of adventure:

1200–50; < AF, OF < VL *adventūra what must happen, fem. (orig. neut. pl.) of L adventūrus fut. participle of advenīre to arrive. See advent , -ure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adventure, escapade, risky venture, dangerous undertaking(verb)

    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)

  2. gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance(verb)

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

  3. venture, hazard, adventure, stake, jeopardize(verb)

    put at risk

    "I will stake my good reputation for this"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. adventure(noun)ædˈvɛn tʃər

    an exciting experience

    her love of travel and adventure; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adventure(noun)

    that which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss

  2. Adventure(noun)

    risk; danger; peril

  3. Adventure(noun)

    the encountering of risks; hazardous and striking enterprise; a bold undertaking, in which hazards are to be encountered, and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events; a daring feat

  4. Adventure(noun)

    a remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life

  5. Adventure(noun)

    a mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account

  6. Adventure(noun)

    to risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture

  7. Adventure(noun)

    to venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare

  8. Adventure(verb)

    to try the chance; to take the risk

Freebase

  1. Adventure

    An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome. Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger, such as skydiving, mountain climbing or participating in extreme sports. The term also broadly refers to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with physical, financial or psychological risk, such as a business venture, a love affair, or other major life undertakings. Adventurous experiences create psychological and physiological arousal, which can be interpreted as negative or positive, and which can be detrimental as stated by the Yerkes-Dodson law. For some people, adventure becomes a major pursuit in and of itself. According to adventurer André Malraux, in his La Condition Humaine, "If a man is not ready to risk his life, where is his dignity?". Similarly, Helen Keller stated that "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." Outdoor adventurous activities are typically undertaken for the purposes of recreation or excitement: examples are adventure racing and adventure tourism. Adventurous activities can also lead to gains in knowledge, such as those undertaken by explorers and pioneers. Adventure education intentionally uses challenging experiences for learning.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'adventure' in Nouns Frequency: #1812


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

adventure(noun)

a bold or exciting undertaking or experience

He wrote a book about his adventures in the Antarctic.

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