event - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] something that happens, especially something that involves several people

    the most traumatic event of my life

    events surrounding something:

    Police questioned witnesses about the events surrounding his death.

    a chain/sequence/series of events:

    The investigation uncovered a chain of events that could have been prevented.

    1. a.


      [plural] used in a general way to talk about a combination of things that happen

      Events conspired to bring the two lovers together.

      events unfold:

      We are watching to see how events will unfold.

  2. 2
    [countable] an organized occasion such as a party or sports competition

    Our next event is a dinner dance on the 18th.

    The concert is an annual event.

    stage/organize an event:

    They are very good at staging international sporting events.

    1. a.
      a particular planned activity that takes place during an occasion such as a sports competition

      She won the first event.

    See also three-day event