Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: eventus, from the past participle of evenire 'to happen'


Related topics: Sport
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[countable] something that happens, especially something important, interesting or unusual:
one of the most important events in the history of mankind
Leaving home was a major event in his life.
the events which led up to the prime minister's resignation
Police are trying to reconstruct the sequence of events on the night of the murder.
His resignation triggered a chain of events (=series of events which each cause the next one to happen) that led eventually to the downfall of the government.
Nothing you could have done would have changed the course of events (=the way in which events happened).

social gathering

[countable] a performance, sports competition, party etc at which people gather together to watch or take part in something:
The conference was an important social event (=an event at which people can meet each other).
one of the major sporting events of the year
charity/fund-raising etc event
The school raises money by organizing fund-raising events.


[countable]DS one of the races or competitions that are part of a large sports competition:
The next event will be the 100 metres.
The 800 metres is not his best event.
field event, three-day event

in any/either event

also at all events used to say that something will definitely happen or be true in spite of anything else that may happen [= in any case]:
I might see you tomorrow, but I'll phone in any event.

in the event

used to emphasize what actually happened in a situation as opposed to what you thought might happen [= as it happened]:
Extra police officers were brought in, although in the event the demonstration passed off peacefully.

in the event of something

also in the event that something happens used to tell people what they should do if something happens:
He left a letter for me to read in the event of his death.

in the normal course of events

if things happen in the normal way [= normally]:
In the normal course of events, the money is released within about three months.

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