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Meaning of happen by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English happenen


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈhapən/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈhæpən/
    • Rhymes: -æpən


    happen ( third-person singular simple present happens present participle happening, simple past and past participle happened )

    1. To occur or take place .
      Let me tell you how it happened .
    2. To occur unexpectedly, by chance or with a low probability .
      Take an umbrella in case it happens to rain .
    3. ( followed by on or upon ) To encounter by chance.

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    happen ( not comparable )

    1. ( obsolete or dialect ) maybe, perhaps .

Explanation of happen by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. come to pass

    2. What is happening?
    3. come into being

    4. happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance

    5. It happens that today is my birthday
    6. come upon, as if by accident

    7. I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
    8. chance to be or do something, without intention or causation

    9. I happen to have just what you need!

    Definition of happen by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Happen ( hăpp'n ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Happened ( -p'nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Happening.] [OE. happenen, hapnen. See Hap to happen.]
      1. To come by chance; to come without previous expectation; to fall out.

      There shall no evil happen to the just. Prov. xii. 21.

      2. To take place; to occur.

      All these things which had happened. Luke xxiv. 14.

      To happen on, to meet with; to fall or light upon. “I have happened on some other accounts.” Graunt. -- To happen in, to make a casual call. [Colloq.]