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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Mendoza was one of hundreds of people who joined Julián and Joaquin Castro for their 45th birthday party at San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, an event that was free and open to the public. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s favorite twins ring in 45th birthday," 16 Sep. 2019 Our venue and the downtown Ballpark District offer the perfect setting for an event of this magnitude and further establishes Petco Park as the premier entertainment destination in Southern California. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "KAABOO Festival Moving to San Diego's Petco Park in 2020," 15 Sep. 2019 Teatinins were first created at a media event in the ’90s in Victoria, Canada, remembered senior blendmaster Baden. Pratik Joshi, The Denver Post, "Long before ‘natural’ was cool, Celestial Seasonings saw the future in tea leaves," 14 Sep. 2019 In response, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an unusual mortality event for the species. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 The Harmony Masonic Lodge 53, 1510 Jacob Tome Memorial Highway, will serve a breakfast buffet Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Doors are open to the public for this event. Joanne Bierly, baltimoresun.com, "Port Deposit: Bainbridge Day activities set throughout the day Sunday," 13 Sep. 2019 Models showed off some of the latest women’s fashions during an event Thursday as part of StyleWeekOC 2019. Daily Pilot, "StyleWeekOC puts fashions, experts and celebrities in spotlight in Newport Beach," 13 Sep. 2019 An announcement for the event was sent out to employees via official government email. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "A Border Patrol gala retirement party will be held at a Trump golf resort," 13 Sep. 2019 All Houston locations are participating including the North Cypress, Northwest and Tomball locations according to the webpage for the event. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "HCA Houston locations to ‘Crush the Crisis’ with opioid take-back day," 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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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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