Definition of adventure in English:



  • 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.’
      excitement, exciting experience, thrill, stimulation
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    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.’
      enterprise, undertaking, project, scheme, pursuit, operation, endeavour, campaign, activity, act, deed, move, measure, task, exploit, mission, trial
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  • 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.’


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