adventure

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Etymology 1Edit

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).

NounEdit

adventure (countable and uncountable, plural adventures)

  1. The encountering of risks; a bold undertaking, in which dangers are likely to be encountered, and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events; a daring feat.
  2. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event.
    A life full of adventures.
  3. A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account.
  4. (uncountable) A feeling of desire for new and exciting things.
    his sense of adventure
  5. (video games) A text adventure or an adventure game.
    • 1984 May, “Spyplane”, in Crash[1], number 4, (review):
      The first thing to strike me about Spyplane was that it is more like a verbal simulation than an adventure.
    • 1988 May, Mike Gerrard, “The Guild of Thieves [review]”, in Your Sinclair[2], number 29, archived from the original on 26 May 2013:
      To sum up, I think this is definitely one of the best adventures around for the Spectrum now, along with Gnome Ranger[...]
    • 1992 October, Horsfield, Larry, “The SU Guide to Playing and Writing Adventure Games”, in Sinclair User, number 128:
      Before you sit down in front of your Speccy to play an adventure, equip yourself with a pencil, eraser and plenty of paper. This so that you may draw a 'map' of the adventure as you move around.
  6. (obsolete) That which happens by chance; hazard; hap.
  7. (obsolete) Chance of danger or loss.
  8. (obsolete) Risk; danger; peril.
    • 1895, Lord Berners (translator), The Chronicles of Froissart
      He was in great adventure of his life.
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(desire for new and exciting things): abstention

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English aventuren, auntren, which from Old French aventurer, from aventure.

VerbEdit

adventure (third-person singular simple present adventures, present participle adventuring, simple past and past participle adventured)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To risk or hazard; jeopard; venture.
  2. (archaic, transitive) To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare.
  3. (archaic, intransitive) To try the chance; to take the risk.
    • 1792, Anthony à Wood, The History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford: [], volume I, Oxford, Oxfordshire: John Gutch, OCLC 642441055, page 661:
      The year following the ſaid [William] Warham was tranſlated to Canterbury, at whoſe inthronization ſomething occurred relating to this Univerſity; which though a little out of the road, yet I ſhall adventure to remember it, and it is this.
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LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

adventūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of adventūrus

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French avanture, with the addition of a d to reflect Latin adventūrum.

NounEdit

adventure f (plural adventures)

  1. adventure
  2. fortune