event

noun
\ 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

Beyond deals, Amazon has a few other events lined up for this Prime Day this year. Simona Matovic, oregonlive.com, "What is Amazon Prime Day? When is it? Everything you need to know about the best deals, early sales, events and more," 9 July 2019 Daly, who has not played a regular PGA Tour event since The Greenbrier last summer, also is contemplating the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada, the following week. baltimoresun.com, "John Daly can’t use cart at British Open, withdraws from tournament," 9 July 2019 The Opening Finals recruiting showcase wrapped up today in Frisco, Texas, ending a weeklong event that featured the Elite 11 quarterback competition, 7on7 action and workouts for linemen. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al.com, "Why Auburn’s top recruit picked the Tigers," 9 July 2019 The roughly six-acre detention project -- which remains dry when not in use -- will hold an estimated 1.5 million cubic feet of water taken out of the downstream storm sewer system during a heavy-rain event. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Flooded Parma Heights residents and Brooklyn shoppers experience 500-year storm," 9 July 2019 Heavy snowpack unleashed a series of avalanches during the winter that downed spruce and aspen trees in numerous areas – a collective event that White National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams says may occur once every 300 years. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 The race is a handicap event, taking into account the performance potential of each ship. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: ‘Powder Puff’ air race drew attention to women in aviation," 9 July 2019 When the pair emerged from a black SUV for a June Victory Fund event in Brooklyn, attendees seemed almost as excited to see the spouse as the candidate. Janet Hook, latimes.com, "Gay voters take pride in Pete Buttigieg’s candidacy, but many question whether he can win," 8 July 2019 The shop will be open until 10 p.m. The bakery, located on East Williams Field Road and South Santan Village Parkway, will also host a grand opening event fit for the whole family. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Vegan cinnamon rolls are coming to metro Phoenix. Here's when you can get one for $1," 8 July 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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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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