event

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

Definition of event

1a archaic : outcome
b : the final outcome or determination of a legal action
c : a postulated outcome, condition, or eventuality in the event that I am not there, call the house
2a : 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
3 : any of the contests in a program of sports
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

Despite her own 2019 Grammy nomination and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, appearing in the awards season darling The Favourite, Swift was conspicuously absent from the bulk of music and film's recent red-carpet events. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore a $250 Sequined Romper for Her First Red Carpet of 2019," 15 Mar. 2019 The Fuller House actress, 53, often brings her daughters along to red carpet events. Taysha Murtaugh, Woman's Day, "Lori Loughlin Allegedly Paid $500,000 in Bribes to Get Her Daughters Into College — Here's What We Know About the Girls," 15 Mar. 2019 Whether or not Matt and Amy walk away from the farm, the new season will have plenty of other of life-altering events ahead for the Roloffs. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Did Matt and Amy Roloff of 'Little People Big World' Actually Sell Their Farm?," 15 Mar. 2019 The space, which is used for private events and can be visited by appointment, comprises two formal living rooms. Penelope Rowlands, ELLE Decor, "Designer Alessandra Branca's New Private Client Atelier by the Seine," 15 Mar. 2019 Solar proton events occur when a shift in the Sun’s magnetic field releases sudden blasts of energetic solar particles that engulf Earth’s magnetosphere. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Evidence of a Monstrous, Ancient Solar Storm Found Hidden in Greenland's Ice," 14 Mar. 2019 For last night's event, her dress was altered to include cap sleeves. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore Her Gucci Blouse Backwards and We Almost Missed It," 13 Mar. 2019 That’s perhaps most clearly on display in the dining room, where a whimsical backdrop of swirling clouds—courtesy of an iconic Fornasetti wallpaper—sets the tone for family dinners and discussions about the day’s events. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Chic House Is Designed to Be a Playground—For Kids and Adults," 11 Mar. 2019 The couple is very private, but Lisa occasionally joins Lionel and his children on the red carpet for an awards show or special event. Marie Milano, Country Living, "A Detailed Timeline of Lionel Richie's Marriages and Relationships," 3 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of event

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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event

noun

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

event

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

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

event

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

Medical Definition of event

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

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event

noun

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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