What does adventure mean?

Definitions for adventure
ædˈvɛn tʃərad·ven·ture

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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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adventure(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]

  2. Adventure(noun)

    risk; danger; peril

    Etymology: [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]

  4. Adventure(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]

  5. Adventure(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]

  6. Adventure(noun)

    to risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture

    Etymology: [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]

  7. Adventure(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]

  8. Adventure(verb)

    to try the chance; to take the risk

    Etymology: [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adventure

    ad-vent′ūr, n. a risk or chance: a remarkable incident: an enterprise: trial of the issue: risk: a commercial speculation: the spirit of enterprise.—v.i. to attempt or dare.—v.t. to risk or hazard: (refl.) to venture.—v.i. to risk one's self (with on, into, upon): to dare, go so far as to.—n. Advent′urer, one who engages in hazardous enterprises: a soldier of fortune, or speculator: one who pushes his fortune by equivocal means, as false pretences, &c.:—fem. Advent′uress.—adjs. Advent′urous, Advent′uresome, enterprising: ready to incur risk.—adv. Advent′urously.—n. Advent′urousness. [O. Fr.—L. adventurus, about to happen, fut. perf. of advenīre. See Advent.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. adventure

    An enterprise in which something is left to hazard.--A bill of adventure is one signed by the merchant, by which he takes the chances of the voyage.

Editors Contribution

  1. adventure

    An experience, journey or travel to experience a specific existence or form of life.

    Life is an adventure. The couple went on an adventure holiday to try mountain climbing, abseiling and snorkeling.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 1, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adventure in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adventure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of adventure in a Sentence

  1. Parzival:

    Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it’s a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe. -Super man

  2. Agatha Christie:

    Your travel life has the aspect of a dream. It is something outside the normal, yet you are in it. It is peopled with characters you have never seen before and in all probability will never see again. It brings occasional homesickness, and loneliness, and pangs of longing... But you are like the Vikings who have gone into a world of adventure, and home is not home until you return.

  3. Rob Dinan:

    Very excited about the new baby, and starting a new adventure in their life [and] all of a sudden, a car comes out of nowhere. Nobody’s prepared for that, today was supposed to be one of the happiest days of their life, and unfortunately it turned into a sad day for all of us.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If there is no adventure in your life, it is as if you live no life! Adventure is the real soul of man; without it, He is a stub!

  5. Kara Richardson Whitely:

    Maybe they'll buy my book, but also leave with a little something to get them on their way to their own adventure, maybe it's a water bottle, which is where I started my first journey, with a Naglene, or a trail book. The side effect will be that more people are actually get out and feeling comfortable being part of this club, this group.

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