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.

1560–70; < Latin ēventus occurrence, outcome, equivalent to ēven(īre) to occur, come out + -tus suffix of v. action

eventless, adjective
superevent, noun

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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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)
3.  any one contest in a programme of sporting or other contests: the high jump is his event
4.  philosophy
 a.  an occurrence regarded as a bare instant of space-time as contrasted with an object which fills space and has endurance
 b.  Compare act an occurrence regarded in isolation from, or contrasted with, human agency
5.  in any event, at all events regardless of circumstances; in any case
6.  in the event of in case of; if (such a thing) happens: in the event of rain the race will be cancelled
7.  in the event that if it should happen that
8.  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 & History

1570s, from M.Fr. event, from L. eventus "occurrence, issue," from evenire "to come out, happen, result," from ex- "out" + venire "to come" (see venue). Event horizon in astrophysics is from 1969.
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Computing Dictionary

event definition

1. An occurrence or happening of significance to a task or program, such as the completion of an asynchronous input/output operation. A task may wait for an event or any of a set of events or it may (request to) receive asynchronous notification (a signal or interrupt) that the event has occurred.
See also event-driven.
2. A transaction or other activity that affects the records in a file.

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Idioms & Phrases


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

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notion that became of singular importance in the philosophical speculation about relativity physics. The best-known analyses are those of the 20th-century English philosopher Bertrand Russell, for whom event replaced the vaguer notion of body, and the 20th-century English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, for whom events were formed by a nexus of actual occasions. In general, in both views an event is that which occurs at a given time and place

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Example sentences
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As before, the focus of the event is a little blurry.
Prominent and well-funded candidates can afford to ignore the event.
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