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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.

 

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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. 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.

 

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Ad*ven"ture, v. i.

To try the chance; to take the risk.

I would adventure for such merchandise. Shak.

 

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