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
Synonyms for event
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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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
Word Origin for event
C16: from Latin ēventus a happening, from ēvenīre to come forth, happen, from venīre to come
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in the event of
Also, in the event that. See under in case, def. 2.
see blessed event; in any case (event); in case (in the event); in the unlikely event.
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