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Adventure (verb)

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To Adve'nture. v.n. [adventurer, Fr.]

  1. To try the chance; to dare.

                                        Be not angry,
    Most mighty princess, that I have adventur'd
    To try your taking of a false report.
    Shakesp. Cymbeline.

    The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground, for delicateness and tenderness. Deuter. xxviii. 26.

  2. In an active sense, to put into the power of chance.

    For my father fought for you, and adventured his life for, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian. Judges, ix. 17.

  3. It is often used with the reciprocal pronoun; as, he adventured himself.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · The Bible - Deuteronomy (21) · The Bible - Judges (13)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Adventure (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 27, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=14405.


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