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

For his part, Harry wore a dark gray suit for the event. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Never-Before-Seen Photos of Meghan Markle Reveal Her Secret Visit to Shout, a New Crisis Text Line," 10 May 2019 Despite their brief falling out after Diana's divorce, Lady Jane continues to honor her sister at public memorial services and events. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Lady Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana's Sister," 6 May 2019 For the event, Charlotte paired her shoes with a pink and white printed dress while showing off her gymnastic skills in the grass. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Wore the Same Shoes as Prince George for Her Birthday Portrait," 2 May 2019 Martin’s story and you-can-do-this attitude tees us up nicely for the main event. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "What We Learned After Baking Nothing But Bread for 3 Days," 9 Apr. 2019 Guests sipped on Champagne provided by Perrier-Jouet, Belle Époque, and transportation for the event was provided by Tesla. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Maison de Mode Celebrates Sustainable Style with a "Green Carpet"," 26 Feb. 2019 Harry has continued to attend royal events in the lead up, such as the Easter Sunday church service in Windsor, and the Anzac Day service in London. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "When It Comes to Paternity Leave, Prince Harry Will Reportedly Follow in Prince William's Footsteps," 28 Apr. 2019 The new season, which will continue past the events of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel, brings Meryl Streep into the fold as Perry Wright's mother, eager to uncover what really happened to her son. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Big Little Lies Season 2 Brings Back Our Favorites Ladies—and Great Decor," 16 Apr. 2019 The children were exposed to measles while attending family events in nearby Rockland County and Brooklyn, where there are two large measles outbreaks, County Executive George Latimer said. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Eight Measles Cases Found in New York’s Westchester County," 10 Apr. 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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