\ 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 event (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 Attendees at Friday’s event were predominantly maskless, according to reports, and when CPAC organizers asked the crowd to follow federal laws and put on their masks, many in the crowd booed. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun’: Ted Cruz joked about his Mexico getaway during CPAC speech," 27 Feb. 2021 The three-hour event will be bicoastal, hosted by Tina Fey live from the Rainbow Room in New York City and Amy Poehler from the usual awards home, Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Time's Up calls out zero Black HFPA members voting on Golden Globes; stars join protest," 27 Feb. 2021 Although the event is outdoors, facial coverings are required. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Rocky River Reservation’s maple sugaring days are a sweet experience for all," 27 Feb. 2021 Also taking part in Saturday’s event is former VetArt student, Bruce Fennigkoh. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Veterans Art Project plans virtual workshop Saturday at Oceanside museum," 26 Feb. 2021 The first event was in 2019 and didn’t take place last year due to COVID-19. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Pedal for People’ charity ride returns to Boca Raton," 26 Feb. 2021 The Carrington event was not some massive outlier that only occurs once every few million years, either. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "Ask Ethan: How Prepared Are We For The Next Giant Solar Flare?," 26 Feb. 2021 The event was one of the more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests that occur annually in the United States. Brian Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Call That Saved My Father-in-Law’s Life," 26 Feb. 2021 The event is Raymond’s first virtual discussion since he was forced to respond to a comment by White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Feb. 2 when asked if Space Force would remain in the Biden administration. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Space Force chief makes case for ‘purpose built’ service," 25 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'event.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Last Updated

2 Mar 2021

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“Event.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/event. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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