verb even·tu·ate \i-ˈven-chə-ˌwāt\

Definition of eventuate




  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to come out finally :  result, come about

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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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