Definition of event in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈvent/


1A thing that happens, especially one of importance: one of the main political events of the late 20th century
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  • It was simply bad luck that it pulled out, and even worse luck that such a rare event happens when I am on the boat.
  • They have also listened to the views of others - sometimes a rare event in local government.
  • It really is a rare event that one email can have our headquarters having a joint chuckle.
1.1A planned public or social occasion: events to raise money for charity
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  • She will also find it very awkward to have to attend public and social events without her husband.
  • It is boycotting the event to raise public awareness at what it sees are the project's flaws.
  • A host of festive events is planned for the city centre over the coming weeks.
occurrence, happening, proceeding, incident, affair, circumstance, occasion, phenomenon;
function, gathering
informal bash
1.2Each of several particular contests making up a sports competition: a star sprinter in the 100- and 200-meter events
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  • There are other sporting events that honour their champions with unique apparel.
  • When you talk about the death of people at a sporting event, the sport itself passes into the background.
  • It is feared that low-flying seagulls could disrupt events such as beach volleyball.
competition, contest, tournament, round, heat, match, fixture;
race, game, bout
1.3 Physics A single occurrence of a process, e.g., the ionization of one atom.
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  • In the lower graph the current scale is amplified so that single channel events can be distinguished.
  • The aim of induction is to find series of events whose frequency of occurrence converges toward a limit.
  • Consider our passage through time as riding the shockwave of the bang event.



in any event

(or at all events)
Whatever happens or may have happened: in any event, there was one promise the trickster did keep
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  • The system of appointments is, in any event, in need of fundamental reform.
  • But in any event, it still might be helpful to have access to independent advice.
  • It was, in any event, a cross party issue and one that united rural people all over the country.
regardless, whatever happens, come what may, no matter what, at any rate, in any case, anyhow, anyway, even so, still, nevertheless, nonetheless
informal anyways, anyhoo

in the event

chiefly British As it turns (or turned) out: he was sent on this important and, in the event, quite fruitless mission
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  • The prophesied cuts in services turned out, in the event, to be incorrect.
  • His money talked rather more eloquently, in the event, than he ever did.
  • I am happy to report that, in the event, the warm-up exercise worked rather well.
as it turned out, as it happened, in the end;
as a result, as a consequence

in the event of ——

If —— happens: this will reduce the chance of serious injury in the event of an accident
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  • A significant number would also increase the risk of injury to children in the event of an accident.
  • As was stated on the ticket, a draw would take place in the event of more than one winner.
  • The car's pedals will also de-couple in the event of a crash to prevent injuries to the feet and lower legs.

in the event that

If; should it happen that: in the event that an attack is launched, the defenders will have been significantly weakened by air attacks
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  • Parking is not currently an issue for the museum, although in the event that there is an expansion it could become an issue.
  • I believe that each dancer probably has a reserve of fans that don't normally vote except in the event that there is a danger of being kicked out.
  • We are confused about how to handle the issue of which child should run the family business in the event that we were to die before they reach adulthood.

in that event

If that happens: in that event, the US would incline toward a lifting of the arms embargo
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  • Council tax would increase by £75 in that event, says the County Councils Network which clearly favours giant unitary counties if re-organisation went ahead.
  • Specific proposals regarding sugar will not be presented by the commission before next June and, in that event, the most that will happen in the presidency is a first exchange of views.
  • Business can fail if adequate financial provisions are not in place to furnish a ready supply of cash, in that event, or if a key player in the business dies, leaving dependants.



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  • Today was a pretty eventless day - I woke late, and hit the road almost immediately - a club meeting, a pedicure and a visit to the University campus behind me and the work ahead of me and I am exhausted and the night has only just begun.
  • But my little bit of eavesdropping for the day certainly brought some light and joy into an otherwise eventless day that brought its own frustration of having to deal with people who are not so nice.
  • We were headed for an eventless evening, or so it appeared.




Late 16th century: from Latin eventus, from evenire 'result, happen', from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of' + venire 'come'.

Words that rhyme with event

absent, accent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, bent, cement, cent, circumvent, consent, content, dent, extent, ferment, foment, forewent, forwent, frequent, gent, Ghent, Gwent, lament, leant, lent, meant, misrepresent, misspent, outwent, pent, percent, pigment, rent, scent, segment, sent, spent, stent, Stoke-on-Trent, Tashkent, tent, torment, Trent, underspent, underwent, vent, went

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Syllabification: e·vent

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