even·​tu·​ate | \ i-ˈven-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce eventuate (audio) \
eventuated; eventuating

Definition of eventuate

intransitive verb

: to come out finally : result, come about

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The Controversial History of Eventuate

Eventuate started life as an Americanism in the late 18th century, and was stigmatized in the 19th century. A British commentator called it "another horrible word, which is fast getting into our language through the provincial press." Other British grammarians, and even some Americans, agreed that it was horrible. A few modern critics still consider eventuate to be pompous and unnecessary, but it is less controversial these days. In any case, eventuate has a perfectly respectable history. It is derived from the Latin noun eventus ("event"), which in turn traces to the verb evenire, meaning "to happen."

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These stories eventuate a better kind of amusement — not indulgence, but the sometimes discomfiting pleasure of being dazzled. Hermione Hoby, New York Times, "Mining the Madness of Pure Logic in Stories That Dazzle and Discomfit," 1 June 2018 Woodburn has captained Liverpool's Under-19 team in the UEFA Youth League this season, and will be hopeful the decision to keep him on Merseyside will eventuate into first team appearances. SI.com, "Sunderland Fail in Their Pursuit of Securing Liverpool Starlet Ben Woodburn on Loan Deal," 18 Jan. 2018 Following City's 2-1 triumph at Old Trafford earlier this month, United manager Jose Mourinho let his disdain at the visitors' celebrations known as a scuffle eventuated in the tunnel. SI.com, "Man City Stars Celebrated Wildly as Rivals Man Utd Were Eliminated From League Cup at Bristol City," 23 Dec. 2017 Pacquiao and his camp had attempted to line up a higher-paying fight with Britain’s Amir Khan in the Middle East which never eventuated, stalling the negotiations for several months. Dennis Passa, The Denver Post, "Manny Pacquiao to fight Jeff Horn in Brisbane on July 2," 9 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of eventuate

1814, in the meaning defined above

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a period when something is suspended

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