Definitions for: Adventure

[n] a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
[v] take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
[v] put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ad*ven"ture (?; 135), n. [OE. aventure, aunter,
anter, F. aventure, fr. LL. adventura, fr. L. advenire,
adventum, to arrive, which in the Romance languages took the
sense of ``to happen, befall.'' See Advene.]
1. That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap;
hence, chance of danger or loss.

Nay, a far less good to man it will be found, if she
must, at all adventures, be fastened upon him
individually. --Milton.

2. Risk; danger; peril. [Obs.]

He was in great adventure of his life. --Berners.

3. 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.

He loved excitement and adventure. --Macaulay.

4. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring
incident; as, the adventures of one's life. --Bacon.

5. A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a
venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account.

A bill of adventure (Com.), a writing setting forth that
the goods shipped are at the owner's risk.

Syn: Undertaking; enterprise; venture; event.

Ad*ven"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adventured; p.
pr. & vb. n. Adventuring.] [OE. aventuren, auntren, F.
aventurer, fr. aventure. See Adventure, n.]
1. To risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture.

He would not adventure himself into the theater.
--Acts xix.

2. To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare.

Yet they adventured to go back. --Bunyan,

Discriminations might be adventured. --J. Taylor.

Ad*ven"ture, v. i.
To try the chance; to take the risk.

I would adventure for such merchandise. --Shak.

Synonyms: chance, dangerous undertaking, escapade, gamble, hazard, jeopardize, risk, risky venture, run a risk, stake, take a chance, take chances, venture

See Also: assay, attempt, essay, labor, lay on the line, luck it, luck through, project, put on the line, seek, task, try, undertaking

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