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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Word of the pending announcement came as Trump traveled to California on Tuesday for an overnight trip that includes GOP fundraising events near San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. NBC News, "Trump administration set to end California's ability to regulate auto emissions," 17 Sep. 2019 The Travelers Championship was once again a huge success on and off the course, with this year’s event raising $2.1 million for 150 local charities, tournament officials announced Tuesday. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Travelers Championship raises $2.1 million for 150 local charities," 17 Sep. 2019 Highclere is open for events and tours on select dates throughout the year. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Live Like Lady Mary Crawley with a One-Night Stay at Downton Abbey," 17 Sep. 2019 The week’s headline event is the Federal Reserve’s meeting on interest rates. BostonGlobe.com, "US stocks slip as spike in crude oil rattles market - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 The aim is to develop systems that can automatically detect first-person violent events without also flagging similar footage from movies and video games. CBS News, "Facebook to train AI systems using police firearms training videos," 17 Sep. 2019 Deadline to send info on events for our wine calendar is Thursday; email me. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Autumn Wine Affair, Taste in Little Italy, Shaker Wines’ Amarone, more," 17 Sep. 2019 The Education of Brett Kavanaugh is in one way, as the past days’ events have made clear, a breaker of news. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "How Brett Kavanaugh Got the Last Laugh," 17 Sep. 2019 In October, Youth Justice Awareness Month, Morris and nearly 200 organizations will participate in events. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Tackles The ‘PUSHOUT’ Of Black Girls At School," 17 Sep. 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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