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adventure : (a) an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks a book recounting his many bold adventures (b( the encountering of risks the spirit of adventure (C) an exciting or remarkable experience an adventure in exotic dining (d) an enterprise involving financial risk wanted to pay off her debts before embarking on any new financial adventures — Webster
Adventure is an exciting or unusual experience. It may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome. Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger such as traveling, exploring, skydiving, mountain climbing, scuba diving, river rafting or participating in extreme sports. The term also broadly refers to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with physical, financial or psychological risk, such as a business venture, or other major life undertakings. — Wikipedia
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