Definition of eventuate in English:


Syllabification: e·ven·tu·ate
Pronunciation: /əˈven(t)SHəˌwāt


[no object] formal
1Occur as a result: you never know what might eventuate
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  • An expected personal following did not eventuate and he finished well short with just 615 votes.
  • However, the Act has never been brought into force, in part because there was no strong interest in New Zealand, and in part because other developments internationally did not eventuate.
  • It's not clear at this stage just exactly how that will be eventuating.
1.1 (eventuate in) Lead to as a result: circumstances that eventuate in crime
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  • To drain me of my blood in order to stock a blood bank may eventuate in some therapeutic results for someone, but it is not therapeutic for me.
  • That is, low levels of aptitude, a lack of interest in mathematics, and unfavourable attitudes toward the course tend to result in high levels of anxiety which eventuates in poor performance on the statistics examination.
  • They are ‘replicated’ only by serving as stimuli for psychological processes eventuating in symbolic activity that stimulates other psychological processes.


late 18th century: from event, on the pattern of actuate.



Pronunciation: /iˌvenCHo͞oˈāSHən/
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  • ‘Ethnicization’ did not unfold evenly among Catholic Irish immigrants in Christchurch, nor indeed was it a sudden eventuation.

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