Definition of adventure in English:

adventure

noun

  • 1An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

    ‘her recent adventures in Italy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A holiday in this province can be an exciting adventure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I may post our exciting adventures from the road tomorrow night.’
    • ‘Read the exciting adventures of Black Bob, the clever sheepdog, in the wilds of Canada.’
    • ‘As he readied himself to leave, his mind conjured up images of cities, strange new lands and exciting adventures.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘For Charlie, who has suffered heart and lung problems since he was born prematurely, the weekend is set to be packed with 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.’
    • ‘She said she is certain he would approve of her daring adventures.’
    • ‘It is also an exciting adventure and a story of a quest that must be fulfilled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So grab your day pack, and get ready for some exciting adventures!’
    • ‘Unearthing incredible facts and artifacts for the Museum requires some exciting adventures.’
    exploit, escapade, deed, feat, trial, experience, incident, occurrence, event, happening, episode, affair
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    1. 1.1 Daring and exciting activity calling for enterprise and enthusiasm.
      ‘she traveled the world in search of adventure’
      ‘a sense of adventure’
      • ‘Men crave adventure, risk, danger and heroic sacrifice.’
      • ‘Rome offers you a wide range of excitement, adventure, and enjoyment.’
      • ‘As for those choosing to trek, this activity will mean thrill, excitement and adventure.’
      • ‘I go out looking for adventure and risk, so I can feel alive.’
      • ‘What happened to that sense of academic adventure, excitement and curiosity?’
      • ‘You are a roamer and need adventure, excitement, and freedom.’
      • ‘This was what I had always dreamed of, true excitement and adventure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What is lacking is suitable play equipment for our children to explore and develop their sense of adventure and excitement.’
      • ‘The past year was full of adventure and excitement.’
      • ‘But suppressing their sense of adventure and insulating them from risk is not good for their long-term development.’
      • ‘There is, of course, some thrill and sense of adventure in this sudden departure to a wholly new country and continent.’
      • ‘She is a woman accustomed to both adventure and danger.’
      • ‘There was a flushed look on his face, as if the thrill of danger and adventure was something he dearly missed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the people I met find excitement and adventure, an extraordinary sense of freedom.’
      • ‘I am armed with a sense of adventure, and excited for what awaits.’
      • ‘A walled and deserted garden provides the idea place for adventure and excitement for the town's children, until its owner returns.’
      • ‘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. 1.2archaic A commercial speculation.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only downside to my commercial adventure is the mischief being done to the American dollar.’
      enterprise, undertaking, project, scheme, pursuit, operation, endeavour, campaign, activity, act, deed, move, measure, task, exploit, mission, trial
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verb

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  • 1Engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.

    ‘they had adventured into the forest’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The European seaman is prudent when adventuring out to sea.’
    • ‘To prevent further adventuring, these emperors made it a capital offense to build a boat with more than two masts.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1with object Put (something, especially money or one's life) at risk.
      ‘he adventured $3,000 in the purchase of land’
      • ‘In at least two battles, he had adventured his life for love of liberty.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Why had she adventured her life on a bold impulse to satisfy mere curiosity?’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

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