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eventuate

[ih-ven-choo-eyt] /ɪˈvɛn tʃuˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), eventuated, eventuating.
1.
to have issue; result.
2.
to be the issue or outcome; come about.
Origin of eventuate
1780-1790
1780-90; Americanism; < Latin ēventu(s) event + -ate1
Related forms
eventuation, noun
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Examples from the Web for eventuate
Historical Examples
  • How frantic, as if all things were about to eventuate, remembering not that nothing ends.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • We do not say in English that things seem, or appear, or eventuate, or even that they are; but that they do.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • If the latter be true, why all this display, designed to eventuate in nothing?

  • It cannot eventuate on a large scale, and it should not if it could.

    Health Work in the Public Schools Leonard P. Ayres and May Ayres
  • Obviously the repetition of the past can only eventuate in the repetition of the present.

  • It may eventuate in a Quimby as naturally as the poetic faculty eventuates in a Kipling.

  • A mistake at this time may eventuate in permanent results which will render the mother an invalid for all the rest of her life.

  • I never saw one-fourth the number of Americans together that did not eventuate in a score or two of fights.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • They look upon it as a fatality which is certain to eventuate, no matter what steps may be taken.

    The Pig Sanders Spencer
  • Spiritual despotisms and religious superstitions never did and never will eventuate in a capacity for democracy.

    Prowling about Panama George A. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for eventuate

eventuate

/ɪˈvɛntʃʊˌeɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(often foll by in) to result ultimately (in)
2.
to come about as a result: famine eventuated from the crop failure
Derived Forms
eventuation, noun
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Word Origin and History for eventuate
v.

1789, from Latin eventus, past participle of eventire (see event).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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