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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

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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 Early-bird pricing for 2021 passes was also announced, and anyone who purchases a 2021 pass now will receive a free pass to the December virtual event. Detroit Free Press, "Freep Film Festival reveals lineup for December virtual event, announces 2021 dates," 17 Nov. 2020 Courses include how to host a virtual event using social media to promote it and how to create a documentary film using cameras, capturing sound and editing the video. Washington Post, "Baltimore nonprofit organization trains youth in film and media," 16 Nov. 2020 This month’s virtual open mic event is dedicated to Pompano’s star Esther Rolle whose album of the same name was released in 1975. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Nov. 18," 16 Nov. 2020 The Utah Association of Counties has converted its yearly convention into a virtual event in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Association of Counties moves annual convention online," 16 Nov. 2020 To that end, other local companies are sending employees care packages, replacing an annual gala with a virtual interactive event, hosting happy hours and improving communication between workers by implementing Slack. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cooking lessons, care packages, virtual happy hours. How companies are helping employees cope," 15 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, a virtual event on Facebook scheduled for Friday is spurring people to join alternative platforms, like Parler. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Angered by Facebook and Twitter, conservatives jump to alternatives," 14 Nov. 2020 Charlie Alexander, president and CEO or the Living Legacy Foundation, also believes the virtual event has the potential to further spread the foundation’s mission. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, "With firsthand experience, Laurel resident on a mission for transplant donations," 13 Nov. 2020 Registration is required for this virtual event by calling 860-645-0821. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of event was in 1539

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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Event.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/event. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce event (audio)

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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