Definition of eventuate in English:



[no object]formal
  • 1Occur as a result.

    ‘you never know what might eventuate’
    • ‘Sullivan is running a competition to see what eventuates.’
    • ‘But you also said it would save us money if it eventuated.’
    • ‘An expected personal following did not eventuate and he finished well short with just 615 votes.’
    • ‘It's not clear at this stage just exactly how that will be eventuating.’
    • ‘I guess someone needs to stand-up and put their name to any anti-Racism campaign that eventuates from this.’
    • ‘He says the idea in the late 1980s for a regionally controlled ATSIC hasn't eventuated.’
    • ‘However, the body that eventuated out of this decision has been systematically attacked and stripped back of both its funding and its responsibilities since its establishment.’
    • ‘If the worst eventuates, I may have to rewrite it.’
    • ‘The promised snow down to 200m had not eventuated.’
    • ‘‘We are not due to fly out until Saturday so we have a long time to see what eventuates over there,’ coach Eddie Jones said.’
    • ‘The winners will be the nearest eight to the correct weight, or, if the incredible eventuates and we get more than eight correct entries, it will be the first eight registered.’
    • ‘An oil drilling venture in the 1980s never eventuated.’
    • ‘Laurie also admitted that he did hold regrets for the way that some pieces of his reports and columns had eventuated, but wouldn't give any specific examples.’
    • ‘And if the contingency eventuates, neither France nor Spain have the mobility or the means to pursue their foes into the uttermost reaches of Central Asia, the deserts of Africa or the teeming stews of the Southwest Asia.’
    • ‘We'll just have to wait and see what eventuates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Half a century later, Sri Lanka's presumed potential has not eventuated, not least because of the war which has effectively split the country since 1983.’
    • ‘I mean obviously if something eventuates there'd be a public announcement, but certainly those sorts of issues are not linked with negotiations of a consular nature.’
    • ‘If this eventuates, the AFL will then review the success of these games with a view to hopefully continuing a similar schedule for following seasons.’
    • ‘Let's hope it eventuates as the game is losing a lot of its interest as a spectacle if you ask me.’
    happen, occur, take place, chance to happen, arise, emerge, come about, transpire, materialize, appear, surface, crop up, spring up, present itself
    result in, end in, have as a result, have as a consequence, lead to, give rise to, bring about, cause
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    1. 1.1eventuate in Lead to as a result.
      ‘circumstances that eventuate in crime’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In short, there is no reason, other than the perennial libido dominandi, why a moderate official ‘establishment’ of Islam need eventuate in religious persecution and repression.’
      • ‘I agree that it could create anxiety that never eventuates in anything and it's really then looking at what's the extent of our duty of care to inform people of that risk.’
      • ‘It is this experience of re-associating and reorganizing his own experiential life that eventuates in a cure, not the manifestation of responsive behavior, which can, at best, satisfy only the observer…’
      • ‘It is nevertheless the set of attitudes which eventuated in the development of modern capitalism.’
      • ‘The US has also got to make sure that any future military initiative targets directly those responsible and does not eventuate in widespread civilian casualties or target the wrong groups of people.’
      • ‘Such success is eventuating in no small amount of inner conflict among the performers.’
      • ‘To the right of the entry, a preconcert foyer, the BP Hall, rises to lofty heights surrounded by Douglas fir walls eventuating in a skylight that reveals the steel armature holding up the stainless-steel facades.’
      • ‘Sometimes the dialogue eventuates in significant new alterations to the form.’
      • ‘However, the Provisional Government, dominated by middle-class moderates, refused to implement this vision and their method of dealing with the huge number of unemployed eventuated in class warfare.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A momentum of events began, eventuating in an attempted division of the Union by slave owners, slave sellers, and those they could convince to follow their lead.’
      • ‘The end result has been the same degree of actual disinflation, yet higher bond yields than would otherwise have eventuated in the absence of the speech.’
      • ‘No amount of effort will eventuate in success if we do not adopt the two-pronged approach to solving the problem of runaway criminal activity here.’
      • ‘I had the boat in the river but luckily the good wife kept the sausages out for tea as the trip did not eventuate in anything to write home about (or with anything to bring home either).’
      • ‘They are ‘replicated’ only by serving as stimuli for psychological processes eventuating in symbolic activity that stimulates other psychological processes.’
      • ‘I watched as a libel case was brought against one of his books in 1990, eventuating in its removal from college and university libraries.’
      • ‘However, some situations eventuated in formal dismissal.’
      • ‘However, because there was no direct scientific evidence to support the defense's arguments, and in light of the common belief of that time that children do not lie about sexual abuse, many of these cases eventuated in conviction.’
      • ‘It is possible that Aboriginal separate development eventuates in a way totally different to what those who feared ‘a nation within a nation’ thought.’


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