Definition of adventure in English:

adventure

noun

  • 1An unusual and exciting or daring experience.

    ‘her recent adventures in Italy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every year brings new adventures, experiences and surprises.’
    • ‘It is also an exciting adventure and a story of a quest that must be fulfilled.’
    • ‘For some children starting kindergarten is an exciting adventure, for others the experience borders on the terrifying.’
    • ‘You'll meet fascinating people and have exciting adventures, but do pay attention, Taurus.’
    • ‘I may post our exciting adventures from the road tomorrow night.’
    • ‘So grab your day pack, and get ready for some exciting adventures!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Does the idea of touring conjure up exciting images of places to see and new foods and adventures to experience in foreign lands?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For Charlie, who has suffered heart and lung problems since he was born prematurely, the weekend is set to be packed with exciting adventures.’
    • ‘A holiday in this province can be an exciting adventure.’
    • ‘You may find it one of your most exciting adventures.’
    • ‘As he readied himself to leave, his mind conjured up images of cities, strange new lands and exciting adventures.’
    • ‘Unearthing incredible facts and artifacts for the Museum requires some exciting adventures.’
    • ‘‘I feel as though we're embarking upon an exciting adventure,’ she confessed, her eyes sparkling.’
    • ‘Starting a business based on a passion is an exciting adventure.’
    • ‘She said she is certain he would approve of her daring adventures.’
    • ‘Even for veteran scuba divers such as myself, an excursion on a submarine is an exciting adventure.’
    exploit, escapade, deed, feat, trial, experience, incident, occurrence, event, happening, episode, affair
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Excitement associated with danger or the taking of risks.
      ‘she travelled the world in search of adventure’
      • ‘As for those choosing to trek, this activity will mean thrill, excitement and adventure.’
      • ‘There is, of course, some thrill and sense of adventure in this sudden departure to a wholly new country and continent.’
      • ‘I am armed with a sense of adventure, and excited for what awaits.’
      • ‘You are a roamer and need adventure, excitement, and freedom.’
      • ‘A walled and deserted garden provides the idea place for adventure and excitement for the town's children, until its owner returns.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rome offers you a wide range of excitement, adventure, and enjoyment.’
      • ‘This was what I had always dreamed of, true excitement and adventure.’
      • ‘She is a woman accustomed to both adventure and danger.’
      • ‘What is lacking is suitable play equipment for our children to explore and develop their sense of adventure and excitement.’
      • ‘Men crave adventure, risk, danger and heroic sacrifice.’
      • ‘I go out looking for adventure and risk, so I can feel alive.’
      • ‘But the people I met find excitement and adventure, an extraordinary sense of freedom.’
      • ‘There was a flushed look on his face, as if the thrill of danger and adventure was something he dearly missed.’
      • ‘But suppressing their sense of adventure and insulating them from risk is not good for their long-term development.’
      • ‘What happened to that sense of academic adventure, excitement and curiosity?’
      • ‘The past year was full of adventure and excitement.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A 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.’

verb

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

    ‘they had adventured into the forest’
    • ‘The European seaman is prudent when adventuring out to sea.’
    • ‘Wills, a three-year-old black and white cat, decided to go adventuring.’
    • ‘I have been out adventuring again today at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.’
    • ‘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. 1.1[with 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 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.’’
      • ‘The adventurers were so called because they lent or adventured money to parliament.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

adventure

/ədˈvɛntʃə/