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.
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 ]
1. To risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture.
He would not adventure himself into the theater. --Acts xix. 31.
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.
n : a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
[syn: escapade, risky venture, dangerous undertaking]
v 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
2: put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"
[syn: venture, hazard, stake, jeopardize]