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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

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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 will be at 7 p.m. at Dallas Market Center, 2100 Stemmons Frwy. Dallas News, "Black History Month events abundant around Dallas throughout February," 5 Feb. 2020 From the start, the event was awkward because the history between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so icy. Staff And Wire Reports, oregonlive, "Today’s chat: Donald Trump didn’t shake her hand, Nancy Pelosi ripped up his speech: Is civility lost?," 5 Feb. 2020 The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Fairview Park Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers, donations, clients: A Place in the Sun," 5 Feb. 2020 Tickets are $40 and the event is from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 13. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "How and where to celebrate Galentine's Day in Cincinnati," 4 Feb. 2020 The event was a 24-mile race in Berlin meant as an international exhibition of 19 electric vehicle manufacturers, and the P1 won it handily by a full 18 minutes. Adam Kaslikowski, Ars Technica, "Check out the first-ever electric car designed by Porsche, the 1898 P1," 4 Feb. 2020 The event is $69, not including tax, tip or beverages. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurants in Clawson, Troy celebrating Chinese New Year," 2 Feb. 2020 The event is a major fundraiser for the American Lung Association. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: A little motivation for the Fight for Air Climb, and some advice if you want to try it," 2 Feb. 2020 The event was one of several scheduled during the Western Heritage Weekend, which began Friday and ended Saturday night. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "The Old West comes alive on downtown streets at San Antonio’s Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive," 1 Feb. 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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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Event.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/event. Accessed 31 Mar. 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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