What does adventure mean?

Definitions for adventure
ædˈvɛn tʃərad·ven·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adventure, escapade, risky venture, dangerous undertakingverb

    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)

  2. gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chanceverb

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

  3. venture, hazard, adventure, stake, jeopardizeverb

    put at risk

    "I will stake my good reputation for this"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adventurenoun

    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. Adventurenoun

    risk; danger; peril

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

  3. Adventurenoun

    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. Adventurenoun

    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. Adventurenoun

    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. Adventurenoun

    to risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture

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

  7. Adventurenoun

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

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

  8. Adventureverb

    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  

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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. A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh:

    When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an adventure is going to happen. Always watch where you are going. Otherwise you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.

  2. Chris Thompson:

    We want travelers from all over the world to expand their view of United States beyond our bustling urban environments and really become synonymous with natural beauty, rich history and breaking adventure.

  3. Jacob Bronowski, 1976:

    Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.

  4. Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.:

    It was a love of the air and sky and flying, the lure of adventure, the appreciation of beauty. It lay beyond the descriptive words of men-where immortality is touched through danger, where life meets death on equal plane where man is more than man, and existence both supreme and valueless at the same time.

  5. Keller:

    Security is an illusion. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.

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