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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 ​biggestever 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.

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(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 a ​charity/​fundraising event political/​world events She ​later gave me her ​version of events.
mathematics An event is also one ​particulargroup of ​outcomes (= ​results) among all ​possibleoutcomes 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   us   /ɪˈvent/
an ​activity that is ​planned for a ​specialpurpose and usually involves a lot of ​people, for ​example, a ​meeting, ​party, trade show, or conference: manage/plan/organize an event The ​marketingteam is ​organizing an event for their new ​productlaunch. a promotional/​publicity/​marketing event industry/​trade/​corporate events
(Definition of event from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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