Every year on Dudley's birthday, his parents took him and a friend out for the day, to adventure parks, hamburger restaurants, or the movies. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

Is there no chance to read ‘adventure’ as a verb? If yes, what’s the meaning of it?


In this case read it as adjective. An adventure park is a kind of theme park, like Disneyland.

Yes, "Adventure" can be read as a verb, meaning "engage in daring or risky activity" but it's not used like that in this case - this to should be read as to a location, not to perform an activity.

  • A dictionary says 'adventure' has the meaning of "To venture upon; undertake or try." : 'To try parks, hamburger restaurants, or the movies' can't this be proper in meaning?
    – Listenever
    Mar 1 '13 at 14:16
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    @Listenever: Gramatically, yes, but not in this sense. You adventure something dangerous. You may adventure an X-rated movies in a seedy part of town, a hamburger restaurant where local gangers gather to drink, or a park at night, where bandits and rapists roam. Not an activity for a kid to do on their birthsday.
    – SF.
    Mar 1 '13 at 14:24
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    @Listenever Here is an article on adventure parks. SF. is correct in saying you should read adventure here as a adjective; but it is more likely that the phrase originates in using the noun adventure as an adjective. Mar 1 '13 at 14:38

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