\ i-ˈvent How to pronounce event (audio) \

Definition of event

1a : something that happens : occurrence
b : a noteworthy happening
c : a social occasion or activity
d : an adverse or damaging medical occurrence a heart attack or other cardiac event
2 : any of the contests in a program of sports
3a : a postulated outcome, condition, or eventuality in the event that I am not there, call the house
b : the final outcome or determination of a legal action
c archaic : outcome
4 : the fundamental entity of observed physical reality represented by a point designated by three coordinates of place and one of time in the space-time continuum postulated by the theory of relativity
5 : a subset of the possible outcomes of an experiment
at all events
: in any case
in any event
: in any case
in the event
chiefly British
: as it turns out

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Other Words from event

eventless \ i-​ˈvent-​ləs How to pronounce eventless (audio) \ adjective

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occurrence, event, incident, episode, circumstance mean something that happens or takes place. occurrence may apply to a happening without intent, volition, or plan. an encounter that was a chance occurrence event usually implies an occurrence of some importance and frequently one having antecedent cause. the events following the assassination incident suggests an occurrence of brief duration or secondary importance. a minor wartime incident episode stresses the distinctiveness or apartness of an incident. a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work circumstance implies a specific detail attending an action or event as part of its setting or background. couldn't recall the exact circumstances

Examples of event in a Sentence

The article recounted the events of the past year. the last major event of the summer He had no memory of the events that happened afterwards. The accident was caused by an unusual sequence of events. She likes to arrive at social events early. It's the only event on the golf tour that she hasn't yet won.
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Recent Examples on the Web The event was moderated by Fortune senior editor Kristen Bellstrom. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "‘Employment lawyers are going to have a field day’: Business leaders grapple with how to reopen," 26 June 2020 Still, 1,051 positive cases were reported Thursday in Orange County, Fla., where the event will be hosted. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "NBA finalizes plan to restart season with 22 teams in Orlando on July 30," 26 June 2020 The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota's Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. CBS News, ""Faces of the conquerors": Trump trip to Rushmore draws fire," 25 June 2020 This year’s event is scheduled to run Sept. 10-19, with plans contingent on guidelines and approval from local health officials. cleveland, "Toronto International Film Festival scales back dramatically for 2020," 25 June 2020 The event was also plagued by technical difficulties with their registration system that delayed testing for some even further, León said. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "More COVID-19 testing promised for west Phoenix, where infections are rising and tests are limited," 25 June 2020 The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. Stephen Groves, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump trip to Mount Rushmore draws fire from Native American activists," 25 June 2020 The event was attended by UN envoy Nikolay Mladenov, as well as numerous other European representatives. Fox News, "Israel's planned West Bank annexation is a 'declaration of war,' says Hamas," 25 June 2020 The event was originally scheduled for May 28-31 before coronavirus concerns called for rescheduling. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Jason Day, former No. 1 golfer in world, commits to Rocket Mortgage Classic in July," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of event

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 3c

History and Etymology for event

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin eventus, from evenire to happen, from e- + venire to come — more at come

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The first known use of event was in 1539

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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Event.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/event. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce event (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of event

: something (especially something important or notable) that happens
: a planned occasion or activity (such as a social gathering)
: any one of the contests in a sports program


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Kids Definition of event

1 : something important or notable that happens historical events
2 : a social occasion (as a party)
3 : the fact of happening in the event of rain
4 : a contest in a program of sports Olympic events


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Medical Definition of event

: an adverse or damaging medical occurrence a heart attack or other cardiac event

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Legal Definition of event

1 : something that happens : occurrence
2 : the issue or outcome of a legal action or proceeding as finally determined

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