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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 \ 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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In 2008, Trump failed to pay $334 million on the Chicago loan and sued Deutsche Bank, arguing that the global financial crisis was an unforeseeable event akin to a natural disaster. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 The girls junior championship is a grueling six-day event for the 156-player field at Poppy Hills Golf Course. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018 The World Cup, which closes with matches in St. Petersburg and Moscow this weekend, was the first major international event hosted by several Russian cities at the same time. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 Her recent talk was the second event in the TIME 100 x WeWork Speaker Series. Abigail Simon, Time, "'Yes, We Can Change the World.' How One Activist is Fighting for Immigration Reform," 13 July 2018 Here’s a look at the opening lines for Sunday’s game (11 a.m., Fox29), which will be the first major sporting event since sports betting was legalized in New Jersey on June 14. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Atlantic City bookies offer odds and props for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia," 13 July 2018 There were events throughout each of those weekends. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "BX: Cincinnati Bengals looking to bring back 1988 Super Bowl team," 13 July 2018 The president arrived in London on Thursday after a contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels, and the extravagant gala dinner hosted by Mrs. May at Blenheim Palace was expected to be a more mellow event. Rebecca Ballhaus And Jenny Gross, WSJ, "Trump Affirms Support for May, U.K. Trade Deal Following Tensions Over Brexit," 13 July 2018 The most recent addition, the Frosty Half Marathon, is a December event over Raynham country roads. Joe Rice, BostonGlobe.com, "A runners’ club for one and all," 13 July 2018

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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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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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