Definition of event in English:



  • 1A thing that happens or takes place, especially one of importance.

    ‘the momentous political events of the late 1980s’
    • ‘They have also listened to the views of others - sometimes a rare event in local government.’
    • ‘On the political front, events have also increased tempo on a positive note.’
    • ‘Political events were to intervene, however, as the French Wars of Religion began.’
    • ‘I think part of it was that staying up to midnight was a rare event, an exciting exception to our daily life.’
    • ‘It's a precautionary measure and we'll continue to monitor events as they develop.’
    • ‘A walk round the site is one of the more emotional events you can experience.’
    • ‘It also looks at motoring incidents and events which have happened in or passed through Croydon.’
    • ‘The two voices in this debate drew opposite conclusions from events in the Gulf.’
    • ‘This deeply shocking turn of events has never happened before, and a sit-down was called for.’
    • ‘The best that most of us can do is to live with it, enjoy it and be thankful it is such a rare event.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's too bad that most of his monologues were so focused on current events because it made them hard to watch now.’
    • ‘It really is a rare event that one email can have our headquarters having a joint chuckle.’
    • ‘The events inspired political and economic revolution in Britain and led to the birth of a new class.’
    • ‘Several cataclysmic events happened all at once, but all I remember now are a few things.’
    • ‘In animal cells, a variety of key events in cell death focus on mitochondria.’
    • ‘The parallelism of political events and economic changes is of course very relative.’
    • ‘The Viking victory marked the start of a series of events that would change English history.’
    • ‘The public will be denied knowledge of what witnesses to important political events have to say.’
    • ‘They never did, but this musical turns back the clock and changes the outcome of events.’
    incident, occurrence, happening, development, phenomenon, thing, situation, circumstance, case, contingency, chance, likelihood, possibility, probability
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    1. 1.1 A planned public or social occasion.
      ‘staff have been holding a number of events to raise money for charity’
      • ‘We are currently planning a variety of events to make your visit to town more enjoyable.’
      • ‘It promises to be bigger and better than ever with lots of new events being planned.’
      • ‘The Chamber is urging business people to attend the many networking events planned for this year.’
      • ‘More events are planned, as villagers celebrate their unique and historic home.’
      • ‘The occasion is likely to be a social event with a huge number of people I don't know.’
      • ‘What we have to look at very, very hard is creating theatre and events in public spaces.’
      • ‘More events are planned for the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of jubilee weekend.’
      • ‘The fair is an annual event, to raise money to maintain the fabric of the village church.’
      • ‘She will also find it very awkward to have to attend public and social events without her husband.’
      • ‘A host of festive events is planned for the city centre over the coming weeks.’
      • ‘Entrance fee is 12, with all money going back into the club to plan future events.’
      • ‘On the one hand, he said, public support for such events was at an all-time high.’
      • ‘The money raised from the events would be used by the parish council to regenerate the area.’
      • ‘For this purpose we have planned events not only in Sofia, but in seven other towns.’
      • ‘It is boycotting the event to raise public awareness at what it sees are the project's flaws.’
      • ‘The workshop was the first of many artistic events planned this term for the school in Arundell Close.’
      • ‘The number of public events in Edinburgh these days is much greater than ever.’
      • ‘One of the things that I did when I came back was to attend public events in full uniform.’
      • ‘Organic farms around the UK will open their gates to the public, with events for all the family.’
      • ‘How will the helpers at public events lug in their coffee machines and other equipment?’
      occurrence, happening, proceeding, episode, incident, affair, circumstance, occasion, business, matter, experience, eventuality, phenomenon
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    2. 1.2 Each of several particular contests making up a sports competition.
      ‘he repeated the success in the four-lap, 600 cc event’
      • ‘I remember how exciting it was to go to Madison Square Garden and to go to a live sporting event.’
      • ‘OK, before we go, there's a couple of other sporting events going ahead this weekend.’
      • ‘She was also seventh in the 500m time trial and plans to compete in both events.’
      • ‘We look at why insurance for major sporting events has become a precarious business.’
      • ‘This was James's first Pentathlon and he was the youngest competitor in this event.’
      • ‘Exemption crews would not be able to compete in Junior events held at the National Championships.’
      • ‘Ian suffered a badly broken right leg in the accident and feared he would not be able to compete in sidecar events again.’
      • ‘When you talk about the death of people at a sporting event, the sport itself passes into the background.’
      • ‘They are given nearly six events and requested to compete in any events they think fit.’
      • ‘Unlike Bernie he doesn't take a back seat but competes in the events whose fiendish formats he invents.’
      • ‘It is feared that low-flying seagulls could disrupt events such as beach volleyball.’
      • ‘Two of them learned they were disqualified as they were about to compete in their events.’
      • ‘The gymnastics events at the Athens Olympics have been hit by several judging controversies.’
      • ‘This was one of the most notorious events in sporting history, but it is dealt with here in a single paragraph.’
      • ‘The appeal of these books is that they do not simply rerun sporting events.’
      • ‘Canada has been a leader in trying to control doping and having proper judging at all sports events.’
      • ‘Do you call the athlete out of the event for illegal use when it may well have been formed naturally in their body?’
      • ‘There are other sporting events that honour their champions with unique apparel.’
      • ‘Men and women contest four events each while the remaining three are classified as open.’
      • ‘In Athens it was expected to fall to the Chinese, who did not compete in this event in Sydney.’
      competition, contest, tournament, round, heat, game, match, fixture, meet, meeting, encounter
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    3. 1.3Physics A single occurrence of a process, e.g. the ionization of one atom.
      • ‘The aim of induction is to find series of events whose frequency of occurrence converges toward a limit.’
      • ‘In the lower graph the current scale is amplified so that single channel events can be distinguished.’
      • ‘Consider our passage through time as riding the shockwave of the bang event.’


  • after the event

    • Following a particular occurrence (typically with the implication of being too late)

      ‘it is much better to stop the crime rather than having police chasing felons after the event’
      ‘I knew nothing about it until after the event’
      as modifier ‘an after-the-event internal investigation’
      • ‘It has only been strongly voiced after the event, when it was deemed politically acceptable.’
      • ‘It is much better to stop the crime happening, rather than having police chasing felons after the event, don't you think?’
      • ‘One ought not to attach historic truth to a term that was created after the event.’
      • ‘When I have time, I proofread and spellcheck but sometimes I have to do it after the event, when the thing has already been posted.’
      • ‘I knew nothing about it until after the event.’
  • in any event

    • Whatever happens or may have happened.

      ‘in any event, I was not in a position to undertake such a task’
      • ‘It would have raised the question of whether one should die for art because, at all events, one was dying for nothing.’
      • ‘But in any event, it still might be helpful to have access to independent advice.’
      • ‘The system of appointments is, in any event, in need of fundamental reform.’
      • ‘He noted none of the cattle he is shipping would have been sent to the United States in any event.’
      • ‘The next time cattle graze a damaged field there will be an amount of levelling in any event.’
      • ‘The indications seem to be that they (or, at all events, many of them) are refugees because they are Marxists and probably communists and it is to be assumed that a significant proportion of their number are ‘activists’.’
      • ‘Lenin may well have found the term in a newspaper, probably in a report of the South African war; the Bolsheviks, at all events, adopted it.’
      • ‘It was, in any event, a cross party issue and one that united rural people all over the country.’
      • ‘The company is diversifying and in any event, it is an oil and gas company, not just oil.’
      • ‘And in any event, there is no such thing as a defender who does not suffer the occasional lapse.’
      regardless, regardless of what happens, whatever happens, come what may, no matter what, at any rate, in any case, anyhow, anyway, even so, still, nevertheless, nonetheless
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  • in the event

    • As it turns (or turned) out.

      ‘he was sent on this important and, in the event, quite fruitless mission’
      • ‘I fear reports of my being shot are premature, though in the event there will a long list of suspects.’
      • ‘I am happy to report that, in the event, the warm-up exercise worked rather well.’
      • ‘His money talked rather more eloquently, in the event, than he ever did.’
      • ‘He sought a winner's medal at last but, in the event, had to settle for less.’
      • ‘The prophesied cuts in services turned out, in the event, to be incorrect.’
      as it turned out, as it happened, in the end
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  • in the event of —

    • If — happens.

      ‘this will reduce the chance of serious injury in the event of an accident’
      • ‘It can save lives in the event of a fall or accident and would give security in the event of a break-in.’
      • ‘Another major issue for the team will be its course of action in the event of military conflict.’
      • ‘A significant number would also increase the risk of injury to children in the event of an accident.’
      • ‘The car's pedals will also de-couple in the event of a crash to prevent injuries to the feet and lower legs.’
      • ‘The tablets will be accompanied by a pack advising what to do in the event of a national emergency.’
      • ‘The Medical Wing will be involved in setting up and running mobile field hospitals in the event of a conflict.’
      • ‘As was stated on the ticket, a draw would take place in the event of more than one winner.’
      • ‘There are no proper dressing or drying facilities in the event of inclement weather.’
      • ‘The speaker may be called upon to cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie.’
      • ‘An adequate number of volunteers will be ready for rescue operation in the event of a mishap.’
  • in the event that

    • If; should it happen that.

      ‘he planned to start a business, in the event that he lost his job’
      • ‘So the purpose of making that note was to cover yourself in the event that there was some dispute as to what was told to the client.’
      • ‘Second, make sure you have the proper contact information in the event that there's a problem with your order.’
      • ‘The pitchlock system is supposed to prevent the prop from going to flat pitch in the event that all the prop fluid is lost.’
      • ‘Reserve samples are kept in the event that later testing is required.’
      • ‘Host regulators must act boldly against international banks in the event that there are prudential concerns.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only problem with this method occurs in the event that there actually is an afterlife.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, there was real doubt as to whether the later trial would go ahead in the event that there were findings of guilt in the first.’
      on condition that, provided, provided that, providing, providing that, presuming, presuming that, supposing, supposing that, assuming, assuming that, on the assumption that, allowing, allowing that, as long as, given that, with the provision that, with the proviso that, on the understanding that, with the understanding that, if and only if, contingent on, in the event that
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  • in that event

    • If that happens.

      ‘in that event, the US would incline toward a lifting of the arms embargo’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I asked him what would he would regard as evidence that the policy of legalisation was not working and what he would do in that event.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Survival would not have been at all likely in that event.’
      • ‘The analysis, in that event, would have waited until tomorrow or the day after, or else been allowed to stand side by side with fulsome sentiments of celebration.’
      • ‘Your power would turn itself against you in that event.’
      • ‘That distinction is gone and if the pressure on the public sector becomes too great, it is clear that the State pension will suffer in that event.’


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