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At an unspecified future time: eventually rose to the position of vice president.


1. at the very end; finally
2. (as sentence modifier) after a long time or long delay: eventually, he arrived.


(ɪˈvɛn tʃu ə li)

finally; at some later time.



Be Careful!
Don't use 'eventually' when you mean that something might be true. Use possibly or perhaps.

Perhaps he'll call later.
1. 'eventually' or 'finally'

When something happens after a lot of delays or problems, you can say that it eventually happens or that it finally happens You use eventually when you want to emphasize that there were a lot of problems. You use finally when you want to emphasize the amount of time it took.

Eventually they got to the hospital.
I found Victoria Avenue eventually.
When John finally arrived, he said he'd lost his way.
2. 'finally'

You can also use finally to show that something happens last in a series of events.

The sky turned red, then purple, and finally black.

Don't use 'eventually' with this meaning, unless you want to emphasize that it happened after a lot of delays or problems.

You can also use finally to introduce a final point, ask a final question, or mention a final item.

Finally, Carol, can you tell us why you want this job?
Combine the flour and the cheese, and finally, add the milk.

Don't use 'eventually' with this meaning.

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Adv.1.eventually - after an unspecified period of time or an especially long delay


في النِّهايَهنَهَائِيَّاً
aî lokum, um síîir
cuối cùng


[ɪˈventʃʊəlɪ] ADV
1. (= finally) → finalmente, al final
he eventually agreed that she was rightfinalmente or al final admitió que ella tenía razón
he eventually became Prime Ministerfinalmente or con el tiempo llegó a ser primer ministro
2. (= at some future time) → con el tiempo
I'll get round to it eventuallylo haré con el tiempo


[ɪˈvɛntʃuəli] adv
(= finally) [arrive, leave] → finalement
(= ultimately) [plan, hope] → un jour
His activities eventually led him into politics
BUT Ses activités ont fini par l'amener à faire de la politique.


advschließlich; (= one day)eines Tages; (= in the long term)auf lange Sicht; they will take decisions on savings and eventually on redundanciessie werden Entscheidungen über Einsparungen und schließlich auch Entlassungen treffen; eventually your child will leave homeeines Tages wird Ihr Kind von zu Hause weggehen; this will eventually cause problemsdas bringt auf lange Sicht Probleme


[ɪˈvɛntʃʊəlɪ] adv (at last) → alla fine, finalmente
eventually the species will become extinct (given time) → la specie finirà per estinguersi


(iˈventʃuəl) adjective
happening in the end. their quarrel and eventual reconciliation.
eˌventuˈality (-ˈӕ-) plural eventuˈalities noun
a possible happening. We are ready for all eventualities.
eˈventually adverb
finally; at length. I thought he would never ask her to marry him, but he did eventually.


نَهَائِيَّاً nakonec omsider schließlich τελικά finalmente lopulta finalement konačno infine ついに 결국 uiteindelijk etter hvert ostatecznie eventualmente, finalmente в конце концов slutligen ในที่สุด sonuçta cuối cùng 终于


adv con el tiempo; Eventually it will go away..Con el tiempo se le va a quitar.
References in classic literature ?
But watchfulness prevented any accident, and eventually the party reached the place where they had left their goods.
Shimerda, and I wondered whether his released spirit would not eventually find its way back to his own country.
I was also aware that being a green hand at whaling, my own lay would not be very large; but considering that I was used to the sea, could steer a ship, splice a rope, and all that, I made no doubt that from all I had heard I should be offered at least the 275th lay --that is, the 275th part of the clear nett proceeds of the voyage, whatever that might eventually amount to.
For now, since by many prolonged, repeated experiences, I have perceived that in all cases man must eventually lower, or at least shift, his conceit of attainable felicity; not placing it anywhere in the intellect or the fancy; but in the wife, the heart, the bed, the table, the saddle, the fire-side, the country; now that I have perceived all this, I am ready to squeeze case eternally.
In exactly the same way, as the citizens of our Industrial Republic become refined, year by year the cost of slaughterhouse products will increase; until eventually those who want to eat meat will have to do their own killing--and how long do you think the custom would survive then?
He had purchased Tom with a view of eventually making him a sort of overseer, with whom he might, at times, intrust his affairs, in short absences; and, in his view, the first, second, and third requisite for that place, was hardness.
No, I was not expecting to ever belong to this gentleman whom I have spoken of, but he had something which I expected would belong to me eventually, if he would but visit us often enough.
Paul de Cassagnac, the most inveterate of the French duelists, had suffered so often in this way that he is at last a confirmed invalid; and the best physician in Paris has expressed the opinion that if he goes on dueling for fifteen or twenty years more--unless he forms the habit of fighting in a comfortable room where damps and draughts cannot intrude--he will eventually endanger his life.
Morning came, eventually, and by ten or eleven o'clock a giddy and rollicking company were gathered at Judge Thatcher's, and everything was ready for a start.
Weston, whose happiness it was to be hoped might eventually be as much increased by the arrival of a child, as that of all her neighbours was by the approach of it.
She, who had seen her week after week so constantly suffering, oppressed by anguish of heart which she had neither courage to speak of, nor fortitude to conceal, now saw with a joy, which no other could equally share, an apparent composure of mind, which, in being the result as she trusted of serious reflection, must eventually lead her to contentment and cheerfulness.
He had the advice of an eminent oculist; and he eventually recovered the sight of that one eye.