Meaning of “event” in the English Dictionary

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"event" in British English

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eventnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪˈvent/ us /ɪˈvent/

B1 anything that happens, especially something important or unusual:

This year's Olympic Games will be the biggest ever sporting event.
Susannah's party was the social event of the year.
The police are trying to determine the series of events that led up to the murder.

B1 one of a set of races or competitions:

The women's 200 metre event will be followed by the men's 100 metres.
in the event UK

used to emphasize that what happened was not what you expected:

We had expected to arrive an hour late, but in the event we were early.
in the event of sth

C1 if something happens:

In the event of a strike, the army will take over responsibility for firefighting.
in any event C1 UK also at all events

whatever happens:

I might go home next month, but in any event, I'll be home for Christmas.
in either event

in either of two situations:

I can't decide whether to accept the New York or the Chicago job, but in either event I'll have to move.
in that event

if that happens:

There's a possibility of my flight being delayed. In that event I'll phone to let you know.

More examples

  • The summer fête will be the school's main fundraising event this year.
  • The event got off to a shaky start with the stage lights failing in the first few minutes.
  • Television camera crews broadcast the event all round the world.
  • A committee has been set up to organize social events in the college.
  • The police are trying to determine the series of events that led up to the murder.

(Definition of “event” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"event" in American English

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eventnoun [ C ]

us /ɪˈvent/

anything that happens, esp. something important or unusual:

sporting events
She later gave me her version of events.

mathematics An event is also one particular group of outcomes (= results) among all possible outcomes when experimenting with probability (= the likelihood of something happening).

An event is also one of a set of races or competitions:

the women’s 200-meter event

(Definition of “event” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"event" in Business English

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eventnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪˈvent/ us

an activity that is planned for a special purpose and usually involves a lot of people, for example, a meeting, party, trade show, or conference:

manage/plan/organize an event The marketing team is organizing an event for their new product launch.

(Definition of “event” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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