event

[ih-vent]
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noun
  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.
  3. something that occurs in a certain place during a particular interval of time.
  4. Physics. in relativity, an occurrence that is sharply localized at a single point in space and instant of time.Compare world point.
  5. 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
  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.
  3. 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
Related formse·vent·less, adjectivesu·per·e·vent, noun

Synonyms for event

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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

Contemporary Examples of events

Historical Examples of events

  • 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

    Horatio Alger

  • 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

    Edwin Hodder


British Dictionary definitions for events

event

noun
  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)
  3. any one contest in a programme of sporting or other conteststhe high jump is his event
  4. philosophy
    1. an occurrence regarded as a bare instant of space-time as contrasted with an object which fills space and has endurance
    2. an occurrence regarded in isolation from, or contrasted with, human agencyCompare act (def. 8)
  5. in any event or at all events regardless of circumstances; in any case
  6. in the event of in case of; if (such a thing) happensin the event of rain the race will be cancelled
  7. in the event that if it should happen that
verb
  1. to take part or ride (a horse) in eventing

Word Origin for 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

Word Origin and History for events

event

n.

1570s, from Middle French event, from Latin eventus "occurrence, accident, event, fortune, fate, lot, issue," from past participle stem of evenire "to come out, happen, result," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Event horizon in astrophysics is from 1969.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with events

event

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

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