AskDefine | Define adventure

Dictionary Definition

adventure n : a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful) [syn: escapade, risky venture, dangerous undertaking]


1 take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling" [syn: gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, run a risk, take a chance]
2 put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this" [syn: venture, hazard, stake, jeopardize]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a CA /ædˈv̥ɛntʃɚ/
  • a RP /ədˈvɛntʃə/

Etymology 1

From aventure, aunter, anter, from aventure, from adventurus, from advenire, adventum, which in the Romance languages took the sense of "to happen, befall" (see also advene).


  1. That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss.
  2. The encountering of risks; hazardous and striking enterprise; a bold undertaking, in which hazards are to be encountered, and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events; a daring feat.
  3. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life.
  4. A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account.
that which happens without design
  • Arabic: (mujazafa)
  • Dutch: avontuur
  • Finnish: sattuma
  • French: aventure
  • Hebrew: הרפתקה (harpatqa)
  • Italian: avventura
  • Japanese: 冒険 (bōken)
  • Maltese: avventura
  • Polish: wypadek, przypadek
  • Portuguese: aventura, peripécia, acaso
  • Russian: приключение
  • Spanish: aventura
  • Turkish: macera, seruven
the encountering of risks
  • Arabic: (mughámara)
  • Crimean Tatar: avantüra
  • Czech: dobrodružství
  • Dutch: avontuur
  • Finnish: seikkailu
  • French: aventure
  • German: Abenteuer
  • Italian: avventura
  • Japanese: 冒険 (bōken)
  • Polish: przygoda
  • Portuguese: aventura
  • Russian: авантюра
  • Spanish: aventura
  • Swedish: äventyr
a remarkable occurrence
a mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard
  • Arabic: (mujazafa)
  • Crimean Tatar: avantüra
  • Dutch: risico, avontuur
  • Finnish: riski
  • French: aventure
  • Italian: rischio, speculazione
  • Russian: авантюра

Etymology 2

From aventuren, auntren, which from aventurer, from aventure.


  1. To risk or hazard; jeopard; venture.
  2. To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare.
  3. To try the chance; to take the risk.


Extensive Definition

An adventure is an activity that comprises risky, dangerous and uncertain experiences. The term is more popularly used in reference to physical activities that have some potential for danger, such as skydiving, mountain climbing, and extreme sports. The term is broad enough to refer to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with risk, such as a business venture or a major life undertaking. An adventurer is a person who bases their lifestyle or their fortunes on adventurous acts.
Adventurous experiences create psychological and physiological arousal, which can be interpreted as negative (e.g. fear) or positive (e.g. flow), and which can become a detriment as per the Yerkes-Dodson law. For some people, adventure becomes a major pursuit in and of itself.
Adventurous activities are typically undertaken for the purposes of recreation or excitement, such as multi-sport adventure racing or a traveler's adventure tourism. However, an adventurous activity can lead to gains in knowledge, such as in the case of the numerous pioneers who have explored and charted the Earth and, in recent times, traveled into space and to the Moon. As a more modern example, adventure education makes use of challenging experiences for learning.
Moreover, adventure can be describing an unusual experience or participating in exciting undertakings. An adventure action can be involving risky undertaking or an action without concerning outcome. In addition, taking an adventure can be illustrating taking the chance or to adventure an opinion.
"An adventure is a dangerous experience that leaves you with an interesting story to tell, if you survive." --Michael Banks

See also

adventure in German: Abenteuer
adventure in Spanish: Aventura
adventure in French: Aventure
adventure in Japanese: 冒険
adventure in Russian: Авантюра
adventure in Swedish: Äventyrsspel

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