[ ih-vent ]
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  1. something that happens or is regarded as happening; an occurrence, especially one of some importance.

  2. the outcome, issue, or result of anything: The venture had no successful event.

  1. something that occurs in a certain place during a particular interval of time.

  2. Physics. in relativity, an occurrence that is sharply localized at a single point in space and instant of time.: Compare world point.

  3. 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.

Idioms about event

  1. in any event, regardless of what happens; in any case.: Also at all events.

  2. in the event of, if there should be: In the event of rain, the party will be held indoors.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin ēventus “occurrence, outcome,” equivalent to ēven(īre) “to come out, fall out, occur” + -tus suffix of verbal action

synonym study For event

1. 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.

Other words for event

Other words from event

  • e·vent·less, adjective
  • su·per·e·vent, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for event


/ (ɪˈvɛnt) /

  1. anything that takes place or happens, esp something important; happening; incident

  2. the actual or final outcome; result (esp in the phrases in the event, after the event)

  1. any one contest in a programme of sporting or other contests: the high jump is his event

  2. philosophy

    • 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 agency: Compare act (def. 8)

  3. in any event or at all events regardless of circumstances; in any case

  4. in the event of in case of; if (such a thing) happens: in the event of rain the race will be cancelled

  5. in the event that if it should happen that

  1. to take part or ride (a horse) in eventing

Origin of event

C16: from Latin ēventus a happening, from ēvenīre to come forth, happen, from venīre to come

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with event


see blessed event; in any case (event); in case (in the event); in the unlikely event.

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