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At an unspecified future time: eventually rose to the position of vice president.
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1. at the very end; finally
2. (as sentence modifier) after a long time or long delay: eventually, he arrived.
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(ɪˈvɛn tʃu ə li)

finally; at some later time.
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.eventually - after an unspecified period of time or an especially long delay
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Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[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.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ɪˈvɛntʃʊəlɪ] adv (at last) → alla fine, finalmente
eventually the species will become extinct (given time) → la specie finirà per estinguersi
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


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
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adv con el tiempo; Eventually it will go away..Con el tiempo se le va a quitar.
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References in classic literature ?
At last calm was restored, and eventually the apes became accustomed to the strange antics of their craft, after which no more trouble was experienced with them.
He eventually drowned himself in the river Mi-Lo, and in spite of the search made for his body, it was never found.
Eventually they entered into a dark region where, from a careening building, a dozen gruesome doorways gave up loads of babies to the street and the gutter.
The next day Thuran determined to set out toward the north along the coast, for he knew that eventually he must come to the habitations of civilized men--at least he could be no worse off than he was here, and, furthermore, the ravings of the dying Englishman were getting on his nerves.
Eventually they entered the town, which was all alight, but deserted; only the women and children remained, and they were off the streets.
I think that he had never been entirely recon-ciled to the heathenish invention which I called a sail, and that down in the bottom of his heart he believed that the paddlers would eventually overhaul us; but now he couldn't praise it enough.
How long this bloodless duel would have persisted it is difficult to say, though eventually Tarzan would have been forced to yield to superior numbers.
Nor, perhaps, will it fail to be eventually perceived, that behind those forms and usages, as it were, he sometimes masked himself; incidentally making use of them for other and more private ends than they were legitimately intended to subserve.
But watchfulness prevented any accident, and eventually the party reached the place where they had left their goods.
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.
At home Tom learned of the Cardiff Hill event; also that the "ragged man's" body had eventually been found in the river near the ferry- landing; he had been drowned while trying to escape, perhaps.
As its views, however, were important and extensive, and might eventually affect a wide course of commerce, Mr Astor was desirous of establishing a complete arrangement on the subject with the Russian American Fur Company, under the sanction of the Russian government.