\ 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

Beginning with that event, this investigation into the fashion industry’s manufacturing practices proceeds to indict its exploitation of workers and its cavalier attitude toward environmental damage. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 17 Sep. 2019 Customers can enter into a raffle for a gift basket and enjoy slices of free cake (white almond with raspberry buttercream frosting and orange cake with pineapple buttercream frosting) at the event. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Marie’s Patisserie serves made-from-scratch pastries in Tallmadge," 16 Sep. 2019 At last year's event, Google rolled out the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, the Home Hub and a new Chromebook. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "The Pixel 4 is coming. Google announces October 15 event," 16 Sep. 2019 The event, held each year on the plaza of Media Studios North, has become a tradition that offers an end-of-summer evening to enjoy live music, sample exotic beverages, peruse an elaborate silent auction and tangle with Lady Luck. David Laurell, Burbank Leader, "On the Town: It’s no gamble: Casino event raises funds for children’s dental clinic," 16 Sep. 2019 Wednesday’s event, which begins at 11 a.m. and is being promoted by BurgerFi and Feeding South Florida, comes as part of Hunger Action Month. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat’s Bam Adebayo to take on competitive-eating legend Kobayashi in cheeseburger-eating contest," 16 Sep. 2019 After greeting friends and collaborators, Meghan gave a speech at the event. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Went Straight Home to Archie After Her Fashion Line Launch," 13 Sep. 2019 Community leaders and coastal advocates are expected to gather with more than 100 volunteers at the event, scheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. The beach is at Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. Daily Pilot, "Political Landscape: Ex-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher sells Costa Mesa home," 12 Sep. 2019 As at the event Saturday, Mike Cavalier will be performing music. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Mount Airy hosting exhibit of local art that once was trash, plus performance from local musician," 12 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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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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