Definition of event
2a : something that happens : occurrenceb : a noteworthy happeningc : a social occasion or activityd : an adverse or damaging medical occurrence a heart attack or other cardiac event
3 : any of the contests in a program of sports
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
eventlessplay \i-ˈvent-ləs\ adjective
at all events
: in any case
in any event
: in any case
in the event
: as it turns out
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.
Recent Examples of event from the Web
Our guide to cultural events in New York City for families with children and teenagers.
The event is free, but registration is required and a donation $5 to $10 is appreciated by NWIPA.
For information about Ali Festival events throughout the community, visit www.gotolouisville.com/ali. Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at 502-582-7089, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a recent drizzly afternoon in London, the two states co-hosted an educational event designed to clear things up.
Not holding a press conference marked a breach of custom at a major global event where the U.S. president traditionally faces the press at the end, and often during the trip as well.
The event, founded by CNN analyst Mark NeJame and his wife Josie, raises funds for pediatric cancer research.
Next door to the events center is a new 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites, also expected to open this summer.
But Musk now says the event at the end of next month may not, in fact, be a full reveal.
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Origin and Etymology of event
Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin eventus, from evenire to happen, from e- + venire to come — more at come
First Known Use: 1549
Synonym Discussion of event
EVENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of event for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of event for Students
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
Word Root of event
The Latin word venīre, meaning “to come,” and its form ventus give us the roots ven and vent. Words from the Latin venīre have something to do with coming. To invent is to come up with a new idea or device that no one has thought of before. To convene is to come together for a purpose. An event is an occasion when many people come together.
Medical Definition of event
: an adverse or damaging medical occurrence a heart attack or other cardiac event
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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