- 1 a thing that happens, especially something important The election was the main event of 2008. In the light of later events the decision was proved right. The decisions we take now may influence the course of events (= the way things happen) in the future. He found that the report he had written had been overtaken by events(= it was no longer relevant). Everyone was frightened by the strange sequence of events. The police have reconstructed the chain of events leading to the murder. In the normal course of events (= if things had happened as expected) she would have gone with him. an unfortunate series of events
- 2 a planned public or social occasion a fund-raising event the social event of the year
- 3one of the races or competitions in a sports programme The 800 metres is the fourth event of the afternoon. see also field event, track event Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin eventus, from evenire
if something happens In the event of an accident, call this number. Sheila will inherit everything in the event of his death. if that happens In that event, we will have to reconsider our offer.