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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 From his ringside seat, the bold-faced attorney and art-collector won a set of three paintings by Barbara Perlick for $35,000 - the highest live auction bid of the night - before promptly donating the art work back to the event. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Young professionals suit up for 'Black Tie Boxing,' raise $1.1 million for sex trafficking victims," 26 Nov. 2019 Mike Pompeo was tapped to rebuild the State Department after Rex Tillerson’s firing in 2018, but is now being drawn closer to events at the center of the impeachment inquiry. NBC News, "Mike Pompeo's State Department," 25 Nov. 2019 Three and a half weeks after the citations were deleted, Amazon held a small-business roundtable event in Indianapolis. Will Evans, The Atlantic, "Behind the Smiles," 25 Nov. 2019 This story has been corrected to remove a reference to the event taking place at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Washington Post, "Stainless steel, broken glass and buzz, Tesla makes a pickup," 23 Nov. 2019 The Classic began in 1978, bringing close to two million people to the event over the years. Luis Torres, orlandosentinel.com, "B-CU, FAMU fans come out in force to tailgate at Florida Classic," 23 Nov. 2019 Rescue efforts Desperate to avoid a similar calamity, conservation groups working in Kenya are scrambling to respond to every poisoning event as quickly as possible. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "‘This is a full-blown crisis’: Fighting vulture poisoning in Kenya," 22 Nov. 2019 Getting a snap with Obama costs $35,000, according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Chronicle. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Obama warns SF crowd of a splintered America because of media ‘siloing’," 21 Nov. 2019 WonderStruck’s onsite parking also means a decrease in total travel time to get to the event. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "LaureLive music fest shifts to new location and new name: WonderStruck In Cleveland," 21 Nov. 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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Event.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20all%20events. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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