- something that happens or is regarded as happening; an occurrence, especially one of some importance.
- the outcome, issue, or result of anything: The venture had no successful event.
- something that occurs in a certain place during a particular interval of time.
- Physics. in relativity, an occurrence that is sharply localized at a single point in space and instant of time.Compare world point.
- Sports. any of the contests in a program made up of one sport or of a number of sports: The broad jump event followed the pole vault.
- in any event, regardless of what happens; in any case.Also at all events.
- in the event of, if there should be: In the event of rain, the party will be held indoors.
- in the event that, if it should happen that; in case: In the event that I can't come back by seven, you can eat without me.
Origin of event
1560–70; < Latin ēventus occurrence, outcome, equivalent to ēven(īre) to occur, come out + -tus suffix of v. action
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1. happening, affair, case, circumstance. Event, episode, incident, occurrence are terms for a happening. An event is usually an important happening: historical events. An episode is one of a series of happenings in a person's life or in a narrative: an episode in one's life. An incident is an event of usually minor importance: an amusing incident in a play. An occurrence is something that happens, often by surprise: His arrival was an unexpected occurrence. 2. consequence.
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Examples from the Web for events
And in so many of these events, the pattern of “blame the victim” was quickly in evidence.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
Knight lived down the street from Scalise, and had met him a handful of times at Republican Party events.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal
December 30, 2014
“The events this year with Ukraine led to his ties with Cato being severed,” a source at the think tank told The Daily Beast.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
I recognize my inability to truly understand these events in the same context or view these events through exactly the same prism.Dr. Howard Fuller's Injustice Education
December 21, 2014
If anything demonstrates the power of comedy to make dictators quake in their boots, it is the events of the past few days.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
But the first words he uttered showed a total unconsciousness of past events.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
At all events, he was left standing on the doorstone, and no one came to bid him enter.Brave and Bold
Were all the events of life combining to ruin or to save him?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
At all events, this was a subject upon which I received no enlightening from their confidant.
George must be found; if I can help it, he shall not leave England—at all events, not in this way.Life in London
- anything that takes place or happens, esp something important; happening; incident
- the actual or final outcome; result (esp in the phrases in the event, after the event)
- any one contest in a programme of sporting or other conteststhe high jump is his event
- an occurrence regarded as a bare instant of space-time as contrasted with an object which fills space and has endurance
- an occurrence regarded in isolation from, or contrasted with, human agencyCompare act (def. 8)
- in any event or at all events regardless of circumstances; in any case
- in the event of in case of; if (such a thing) happensin the event of rain the race will be cancelled
- in the event that if it should happen that
- to take part or ride (a horse) in eventing
C16: from Latin ēventus a happening, from ēvenīre to come forth, happen, from venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for events
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with events
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