adventure

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

adventure (plural adventures)

  1. 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.
    • Macaulay
      He loved excitement and adventure.
  2. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  3. A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account.
  4. (video games) A text adventure or an adventure game.
    • 1984, Spyplane (review, in Crash, issue 4, May 1984) [1]
      The first thing to strike me about Spyplane was that it is more like a verbal simulation than an adventure.
    • 1988, Mike Gerrard, The Guild Of Thieves (review, in Your Sinclair, issue 29, May 1988) [2]
      To sum up, I think this is definitely one of the best adventures around for the Spectrum now, along with Gnome Ranger []
    • 1992, Larry Horsfield, The SU Guide to Playing and Writing Adventure Games (in Sinclair User magazine, issue 128, October 1992)
      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.
  5. (obsolete) That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss.
    • Milton
      Nay, a far less good to man it will be found, if she must, at all adventures, be fastened upon him individually.
  6. (obsolete) Risk; danger; peril.
    • Berners
      He was in great adventure of his life.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To risk or hazard; jeopard; venture.
    • Bibles, Acts xix. 31
      He would not adventure himself into the theatre.
  2. (transitive) To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare.
    • Bunyan
      Yet they adventured to go back.
    • J. Taylor
      Discriminations might be adventured.
  3. (intransitive) To try the chance; to take the risk.
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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

adventūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of adventūrus

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French avanture, with the addition of an unetymological d.

Noun[edit]

adventure f (plural adventures)

  1. adventure