Definition of adventure in English:

adventure

noun

  • 1An unusual and exciting or daring experience.

    ‘her recent adventures in Italy’
    • ‘A holiday in this province can be an exciting adventure.’
    • ‘The trip is an exciting adventure for Alex and mum Karen who is accompanying him, especially as the location for the shoot was originally going to be Nottingham.’
    • ‘Even for veteran scuba divers such as myself, an excursion on a submarine is an exciting adventure.’
    • ‘Starting a business based on a passion is an exciting adventure.’
    • ‘It is also an exciting adventure and a story of a quest that must be fulfilled.’
    • ‘She said she is certain he would approve of her daring adventures.’
    • ‘So grab your day pack, and get ready for some exciting adventures!’
    • ‘Unearthing incredible facts and artifacts for the Museum requires some exciting adventures.’
    • ‘Every year brings new adventures, experiences and surprises.’
    • ‘For some children starting kindergarten is an exciting adventure, for others the experience borders on the terrifying.’
    • ‘For Charlie, who has suffered heart and lung problems since he was born prematurely, the weekend is set to be packed with exciting adventures.’
    • ‘I may post our exciting adventures from the road tomorrow night.’
    • ‘In the tale Alice, an innocent enough young girl, steps through her mirror into a magical world where she has a range of exciting adventures.’
    • ‘As he readied himself to leave, his mind conjured up images of cities, strange new lands and exciting adventures.’
    • ‘Does the idea of touring conjure up exciting images of places to see and new foods and adventures to experience in foreign lands?’
    • ‘You'll meet fascinating people and have exciting adventures, but do pay attention, Taurus.’
    • ‘It is a new experience, a new adventure, and we have lots of family and friends who will come out to see us.’
    • ‘Read the exciting adventures of Black Bob, the clever sheepdog, in the wilds of Canada.’
    • ‘‘I feel as though we're embarking upon an exciting adventure,’ she confessed, her eyes sparkling.’
    • ‘You may find it one of your most exciting adventures.’
    exploit, escapade, deed, feat, trial, experience, incident, occurrence, event, happening, episode, affair
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    1. 1.1mass noun Excitement associated with danger or the taking of risks.
      ‘she travelled the world in search of adventure’
      • ‘There is, of course, some thrill and sense of adventure in this sudden departure to a wholly new country and continent.’
      • ‘Rome offers you a wide range of excitement, adventure, and enjoyment.’
      • ‘Travelling by train has always been associated with romance and adventure, and one of the best ways to see the east coast of the States is by doing just that.’
      • ‘There is something endlessly appealing about this film, a sense of adventure and excitement as seen through the lens of a Hollywood of a more innocent time.’
      • ‘She is a woman accustomed to both adventure and danger.’
      • ‘What happened to that sense of academic adventure, excitement and curiosity?’
      • ‘Men crave adventure, risk, danger and heroic sacrifice.’
      • ‘You are a roamer and need adventure, excitement, and freedom.’
      • ‘What is lacking is suitable play equipment for our children to explore and develop their sense of adventure and excitement.’
      • ‘I am armed with a sense of adventure, and excited for what awaits.’
      • ‘But the people I met find excitement and adventure, an extraordinary sense of freedom.’
      • ‘I go out looking for adventure and risk, so I can feel alive.’
      • ‘There was so much excitement and adventure in this story that really made me think about my life, in particular what I take for granted.’
      • ‘There was a flushed look on his face, as if the thrill of danger and adventure was something he dearly missed.’
      • ‘The past year was full of adventure and excitement.’
      • ‘This was what I had always dreamed of, true excitement and adventure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As for those choosing to trek, this activity will mean thrill, excitement and adventure.’
      • ‘But suppressing their sense of adventure and insulating them from risk is not good for their long-term development.’
      • ‘A walled and deserted garden provides the idea place for adventure and excitement for the town's children, until its owner returns.’
      excitement, exciting experience, thrill, stimulation
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    2. 1.2 A reckless or potentially hazardous action or enterprise.
      ‘in any military adventure, the first casualty is truth’
    3. 1.3archaic A commercial venture.
      ‘I sold my East India adventure of £250 principal for £750’
      • ‘The only downside to my commercial adventure is the mischief being done to the American dollar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first recorded case of an Indian being christened here was bound up with British commercial adventures in South Asia.’
      enterprise, undertaking, project, scheme, pursuit, operation, endeavour, campaign, activity, act, deed, move, measure, task, exploit, mission, trial
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verb

[NO OBJECT]dated
  • 1Engage in daring or risky activity.

    ‘they had adventured into the forest’
    • ‘I have been out adventuring again today at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.’
    • ‘Wills, a three-year-old black and white cat, decided to go adventuring.’
    • ‘The European seaman is prudent when adventuring out to sea.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1with object Put (one's money or life) at risk.
      ‘he adventured £300 in the purchase of land’
      • ‘Why had she adventured her life on a bold impulse to satisfy mere curiosity?’
      • ‘In at least two battles, he had adventured his life for love of liberty.’
      • ‘The adventurers were so called because they lent or adventured money to parliament.’
      • ‘The document contains lists of the men and women who adventured money to the Virginia Company.’
      • ‘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.’’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

adventure

/ədˈvɛntʃə/