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vkhu
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:13:48 AM
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"I embraced the offer; and entering into a strict friendship with this captain, who was an honest, plain-dealing man, I went the voyage with him, and carried a small adventure with me, which, by the disinterested honesty of my friend the captain, I increased very considerably; for I carried about £40 in such toys and trifles as the captain directed me to buy."

Original text: Robinson Crusoe

I can't find any meaning of the word adventure that isn't related to "chance" or "journey," and neither of them seems to fit this context. What does it mean here?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:43:11 AM

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It's an old meaning of the word adventure, one that is not used today very often.

It means an investment or a commercial venture, if you think of an adventure in modern terms as a journey with some degree of risk involved then in this case the money invested in the commercial venture is what is at risk.
The Free Dictionary has the following definition.
Adventure:
"4. A financial speculation or business venture."

I lack the imagination for a witty signature.
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