\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for event

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

Additional parts of the resort complex, including a miniature golf course and the Typhoon Lagoon water park were set to shutter at 3 p.m. Tuesday, and an after-hours special event at Animal Kingdom was canceled. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "DisneyWorld, Legoland and other Orlando tourist parks close as Dorian nears Florida," 3 Sep. 2019 Pence's political action committee, the Great America Committee, spent about $87,000 putting on an event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington in January. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump encouraged Pence to stay at Trump’s own golf resort in Ireland, far from meeting sites," 3 Sep. 2019 An event put on by Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest is expected to draw more than 600 dogs and over 1,200 people to Long Lake Regional Park on Sunday. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Goldzilla event to draw hundreds of dogs and dog lovers to New Brighton park Sunday," 2 Sep. 2019 Tougher security measures will soon be in place at public-school sports events in Mobile, Ala., following a shooting Friday that left nine people injured after a high school football game. Fox News, "Mobile, Ala., mayor promises tougher security at high school sports events after shooting," 1 Sep. 2019 Pace is the founder of the neighborhood group Soulfully Stapleton, which held an event to celebrate diversity Sunday and reclaim what Prairie Meadows Park is known for. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Stapleton group reclaiming park, neighborhood after failed name change, KKK graffiti and teen killing," 1 Sep. 2019 Obviously not the first, not the last player to get injured and to withdraw from one of the biggest events in sport. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Novak Djokovic, Hampered by Injury, Is Out of the U.S. Open," 1 Sep. 2019 The whole city then got involved in a repeat the following year when the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra held an all-day event along the river – and Riverfest was born. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, "Blast from the past: The history of WEBN’s fireworks," 1 Sep. 2019 While promoting her show Mixed-ish at an event in Anaheim, California, the actor stunned in a Marc Jacobs mint green slip dress, a cream Edie Parker clutch, and yellow snakeskin booties by Paris Texas. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Diplo, Tracee Ellis Ross, and More," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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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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