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From Latin ēventu(s) +‎ -ate.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪˈvɛntjuːeɪt/, /ɪˈvɛntʃuːeɪt/


eventuate (third-person singular simple present eventuates, present participle eventuating, simple past and past participle eventuated)

  1. (intransitive) To have a given result; to turn out (well, badly etc.); to result in. [from 18th c.]
    • 1847, Karl Marx (Writing in Northern Star), Marx Engels Collected Works, volume 6, page 290:
      Is that to say we are against Free Trade? No, we are for Free Trade, because by Free Trade all economical laws, with their most astounding contradictions, will act upon a larger scale, upon the territory of the whole earth; and because from the uniting of all these contradictions in a single group, where they will stand face to face, will result the struggle which will itself eventuate in the empancipation of the proletariat.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 98:
      Enoch Powell appeared to insult the memory of Dr. King by making a speech warning that “colored” immigration to Britain would eventuate in bloodshed.
  2. (intransitive) To happen as a result; to come about. [from 19th c.]
    • 2004, Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau, Fiji Senate Speech, 22 October 2004:
      Reconciliation cannot eventuate or materialise until the proper legal procedures have been followed, that is without interference from external forces.