Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An undertaking or enterprise of a hazardous nature.
  • n. An undertaking of a questionable nature, especially one involving intervention in another state's affairs.
  • n. An unusual or exciting experience: an adventure in dining.
  • n. Participation in hazardous or exciting experiences: the love of adventure.
  • n. A financial speculation or business venture.
  • transitive v. To venture upon; undertake or try.
  • transitive v. To expose to danger or risk; hazard.
  • intransitive v. To take a risk; dare.
  • intransitive v. To proceed despite risks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life.
  • n. A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account.
  • n. A text adventure or an adventure game.
  • v. To risk or hazard; jeopard; venture.
  • v. To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare.
  • v. To try the chance; to take the risk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss.
  • n. Risk; danger; peril.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident.
  • n. A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account.
  • intransitive v. To try the chance; to take the risk.
  • transitive v. To risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture.
  • transitive v. To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To risk or hazard; put in the power of unforeseen events: as, to adventure one's life.
  • To venture on; take the chance of; run the risk of doing or suffering.
  • To take the risk involved in doing anything; proceed at a venture.
  • n. 1. That which comes or happens to one; hap; chance; fortune; luck.
  • n. A hazardous enterprise; an undertaking of uncertain issue, or participation in such an undertaking.
  • n. A remarkable occurrence in one's personal history; a noteworthy event or experience in one's life.
  • n. A speculation of any kind, commercial, financial, or mining; a venture; specifically, a speculation in goods sent abroad.
  • n. Peril; danger.
  • n. Adventurous activity; participation in exciting or hazardous undertakings or enterprises: as, a spirit of adventure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put at risk
  • n. a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
  • v. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

Etymologies

Middle English aventure, from Old French, from Latin adventūrus, future participle of advenīre, to arrive; see advent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English aventure, aunter, anter, from Old French aventure, from Late Latin adventurus, from Latin advenire, adventum ("to arrive"), which in the Romance languages took the sense of "to happen, befall" (see also advene). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English aventuren, auntren, which from Old French aventurer, from aventure. (Wiktionary)

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