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adventure

[ad-ven-cher] /ædˈvɛn tʃər/
noun
1.
an exciting or very unusual experience.
2.
participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises:
the spirit of adventure.
3.
a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.
4.
a commercial or financial speculation of any kind; venture.
5.
Obsolete.
  1. peril; danger; risk.
  2. chance; fortune; luck.
verb (used with object), adventured, adventuring.
6.
to risk or hazard.
7.
to take the chance of; dare.
8.
to venture to say or utter:
to adventure an opinion.
verb (used without object), adventured, adventuring.
9.
to take the risk involved.
10.
to venture; hazard.
Origin of adventure
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English aventure < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *adventūra what must happen, feminine (orig. neuter plural) of Latin adventūrus future participle of advenīre to arrive; ad- ad- replacing a- a-5. See advent, -ure
Related forms
adventureful, adjective
unadventuring, adjective
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  • And adventure called to him like a ship to a land-locked mariner.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Where would be the fun of such an adventure if you had it alone?

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • On the second day the Yips began to wish they had not embarked on this adventure.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • For was not this the adventure of which she had so often dreamed?

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Besides, there was in her situation an underlying possibility of adventure.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
British Dictionary definitions for adventure

adventure

/ədˈvɛntʃə/
noun
1.
a risky undertaking of unknown outcome
2.
an exciting or unexpected event or course of events
3.
a hazardous financial operation; commercial speculation
4.
(obsolete)
  1. danger or misadventure
  2. chance
verb
5.
to take a risk or put at risk
6.
(intransitive) foll by into, on, upon. to dare to go or enter (into a place, dangerous activity, etc)
7.
to dare to say (something): he adventured his opinion
Derived Forms
adventureful, adjective
Word Origin
C13: aventure (later altered to adventure after the Latin spelling), via Old French ultimately from Latin advenīre to happen to (someone), arrive
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Word Origin and History for adventure
n.

c.1200, auenture "that which happens by chance, fortune, luck," from Old French aventure (11c.) "chance, accident, occurrence, event, happening," from Latin adventura (res) "(a thing) about to happen," from adventurus, future participle of advenire "to come to, reach, arrive at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + venire "to come" (see venue).

Meaning developed through "risk/danger" (a trial of one's chances), c.1300, and "perilous undertaking" (late 14c.) and thence to "a novel or exciting incident" (1560s). Earlier it also meant "a wonder, a miracle; accounts of marvelous things" (13c.). The -d- was restored 15c.-16c. Venture is a 15c. variant.

v.

c.1300, "to risk the loss of," from adventure (n.). Meaning "to take a chance" is early 14c. Related: Adventured; adventuring.

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