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event

noun

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1 something that happens
  • dinnertime was devoted to talking over the day's events, not to watching television

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2 something that might happen
  • in the event of rain, graduation ceremonies will be held indoors

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3 a competitive encounter between individuals or groups carried on for amusement, exercise, or in pursuit of a prize
  • figure skating is usually one of the most popular events in the winter Olympics

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4 a social gathering
  • the mayor's evenings are often tied up with one event after another

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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

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The first known use of event was in 1539

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“Event.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/event. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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