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[ad-ven-cher] /ædˈvɛn tʃər/
an exciting or very unusual experience.
participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises:
the spirit of adventure.
a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.
a commercial or financial speculation of any kind; venture.
  1. peril; danger; risk.
  2. chance; fortune; luck.
verb (used with object), adventured, adventuring.
to risk or hazard.
to take the chance of; dare.
to venture to say or utter:
to adventure an opinion.
verb (used without object), adventured, adventuring.
to take the risk involved.
to venture; hazard.
Origin of adventure
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adventuring
Historical Examples
  • My good friends, he said, Roderick Fitzhugh has been adventuring, and theres his booty.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
  • And yet much of the adventuring of life has been gained afoot.

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
  • He was in the books himself, adventuring through the printed pages of bound volumes.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • When we were adventuring in the remoter parts of the world, he was my companion-friend.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • The temerity of adventuring thus into the jaws of the pest now appeared to her in glaring colours.

    Ormond, Volume I (of 3) Charles Brockden Brown
  • But so far, she added humorously, you and Gale have been doing all the adventuring.

  • One amongst the rest, adventuring over rashly to have saved som money, was smothered and burned, never retorning out.

  • Nevertheless, he could not help a shiver of repugnance to adventuring at such a risk.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • After sunset, the mate, adventuring up the bay, shot a yearling moose.

    The Secret Cache E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • He was adventuring, living in the wilderness with bow and arrow.

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for adventuring


a risky undertaking of unknown outcome
an exciting or unexpected event or course of events
a hazardous financial operation; commercial speculation
  1. danger or misadventure
  2. chance
to take a risk or put at risk
(intransitive) foll by into, on, upon. to dare to go or enter (into a place, dangerous activity, etc)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adventuring



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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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