Definition of eventuate in English:


Line breaks: even¦tu|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪˈvɛn(t)ʃʊeɪt
, -tjʊ-/


[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.
    happen, occur, take place, chance to happen, arise, emerge, come about, transpire, materialize, appear, surface, crop up, spring up, present itself; ensue, follow, result, develop, supervene, be the result, be the consequence
    North American informal go down
    archaic hap, arrive
    result in, end in, have as a result, have as a consequence, lead to, give rise to, bring about, cause
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • ‘Ethnicization’ did not unfold evenly among Catholic Irish immigrants in Christchurch, nor indeed was it a sudden eventuation.


late 18th century (originally US): from event, on the pattern of actuate.

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