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[ih-vent] /ɪˈvɛnt/
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
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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  • They are in the mere passage of events, having to do neither with heights nor depths.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • But the first words he uttered showed a total unconsciousness of past events.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The tranquillity of entire subjugation followed these events in the province.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • Were all the events of life combining to ruin or to save him?

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Indeed, how could she apprise him of events which were now the talk of the court?

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
British Dictionary definitions for events


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 contests: the high jump is his event
  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 agency Compare act (sense 8)
in any event, at all events, regardless of circumstances; in any case
in the event of, in case of; if (such a thing) happens: in 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
C16: from Latin ēventus a happening, from ēvenīre to come forth, happen, from venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for events



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
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Idioms and Phrases with events
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