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.

peril; danger; risk.
chance; fortune; luck.

to risk or hazard.
to take the chance of; dare.
to venture to say or utter:
to adventure an opinion.
to take the risk involved.
to venture; hazard.
Contemporary Examples

It was for Waterworld, the 1995 adventure flick and one of the biggest flops in Hollywood history.
Meet the Musicians Behind (Almost) Every Movie Trailer Score Alex Suskind December 22, 2013

Then Hitler discovered Karl May’s adventure stories of the American West, which obsessed him for the rest of his life.
Hitler’s Bedtime Reading Timothy Ryback October 16, 2008

It was time to loosen these constraints, let the plot freely borrow from whatever genre it pleased: adventure, Bollywood, fantasy.
A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi” Manil Suri March 14, 2013

Everyone who suffered during the war has his or her adventure to tell.
How WWII Soldiers Saved Italy’s Art From the Nazis Noah Charney May 24, 2013

He sees the adventure as ruinous, both in terms of fiscal and foreign policy.
The Texas Republican Who Hates Bush Lloyd Grove July 25, 2010

Historical Examples

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

a risky undertaking of unknown outcome
an exciting or unexpected event or course of events
a hazardous financial operation; commercial speculation

danger or misadventure

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

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.


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