a. Something that takes place, especially a significant occurrence. See Synonyms at occurrence.
b. A social gathering or activity: The fundraising event was held in the ballroom.
2. Sports A contest in a sports competition, such as a meet: swimming events.
3. Physics A phenomenon or occurrence located at a single point in spacetime, regarded as the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory.
4. Archaic A final result; an outcome.
at all events
In any case.
in any event
In any case: In any event, the audience seemed pleased with your performance.
in the event
If it should happen; in case: In the event of an emergency, call 911.
[Latin ēventus, from past participle of ēvenīre, to happen : ē-, ex-, ex- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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