happen

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verb hap·pen \ˈha-pən, -pəm\

Definition of happen

happened

;

happening

play \ˈhap-niŋ, ˈha-pə-\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to occur by chance —often used with it it so happens I'm going your way

  3. 2 :  to come into being or occur as an event, process, or result mistakes will happen

  4. 3 :  to do, encounter, or attain something by or as if by chance I happen to know the answer

  5. 4a :  to meet or discover something by chance happened upon a system that worked — Richard Corbinb :  to come or go casually :  make a chance appearance he might happen by at any time

  6. 5 :  to come especially by way of injury or harm I promise nothing will happen to you

Examples of happen in a sentence

  1. Something like that was bound to happen sooner or later.

  2. You never know what's going to happen when they get together.

  3. What happened at school today?

  4. What's happening? They're installing new equipment.

Origin and Etymology of happen

Middle English, from hap


First Known Use: 14th century



HAPPEN Defined for English Language Learners

happen

play
verb hap·pen \ˈha-pən, -pəm\

Definition of happen for English Language Learners

  • : to take place especially without being planned

  • : to do or be something by chance

  • —used with it to describe something that occurs by chance


HAPPEN Defined for Kids

happen

play
verb hap·pen \ˈha-pən\

Definition of happen for Students

happened

;

happening

  1. 1 :  to take place Stop crying and tell me what happened.

  2. 2 :  to occur or come about by chance It just so happens I know them.

  3. 3 :  to do or be by chance I happened to overhear this.

  4. 4 :  to come especially by way of injury or harm Nothing will happen to you.



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