\ 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

Other Words from event

eventless \ i-​ˈvent-​ləs How to pronounce event (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control authorized commissioner Julian Tackett Wednesday to work with Rupp Arena officials to keep the girls event at the site for six more years. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2022 In case of inclement weather, the event will take place June 5. Hartford Courant, 11 May 2022 Adam Garsha, Jacob Schmidman, Eric Wan and Ethan Wang took home the top prize after being named the winners of the 2022 MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge on April 25; the final event was held in New York City. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 The event June 4 features Saturday Night Live comedian Colin Jost. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2022 The one-day event will host artists across the picturesque, 87-acre, historic estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford to work outdoors with paint and easels. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 The features were unveiled at a company keynote event ahead of the all-important summer travel season. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 11 May 2022 The all-day fundraising event was held on the ball fields behind the school and helped to support Autism Awareness Month and the students in the STRIVE program who attend the school. Matt Button, Baltimore Sun, 11 May 2022 At one early event in 2015, lines stretched for blocks. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Event.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/event. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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


\ i-ˈvent How to pronounce event (audio) \

Medical Definition of event

: an adverse or damaging medical occurrence a heart attack or other cardiac event



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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