Definition of happen
happeningplay \ˈhap-niŋ, ˈha-pə-\
1 : to occur by chance —often used with it it so happens I'm going your way
2 : to come into being or occur as an event, process, or result mistakes will happen
3 : to do, encounter, or attain something by or as if by chance I happen to know the answer
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
5 : to come especially by way of injury or harm I promise nothing will happen to you
Examples of happen in a Sentence
Something like that was bound to happen sooner or later.
You never know what's going to happen when they get together.
What happened at school today?
“What's happening?” “They're installing new equipment.”
Recent Examples of happen from the Web
Raul Bello Carrillo, 46, of the 2500 block of North Montclair Avenue was charged with DUI, transport of alcohol and improper lane usage in an incident police allege happened in the 7400 block of West Grand Avenue on March 20 at 12:56 a.m.
Price discovery is not so easy because most of the dealing still happens in London, Chicago and New York.
Here’s a primer on how the Paris agreement works — and what could happen if the United States leaves.
Media outlets report that the crash happened Saturday night on U.S. Route 50 in West Ocean City.
While not that frequent, when airline outages do happen, the effects are widespread, high-profile and can hit travelers across the globe.
The crash happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of Pinson Valley Parkway.
Martinique wallpaper, staff in tropical shirts, a graphic, kitschy menu—but the real transportation happens in the glass, with the intricate play of a broad spectrum of rums and fresh juices.
Hot on the heels of last year's battery mishap, Samsung implemented even more stringent battery safety procedures, ensuring that such a thing will not happen again.
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Origin and Etymology of happen
Middle English, from hap
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
HAPPEN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of happen for Students
1 : to take place Stop crying and tell me what happened.
2 : to occur or come about by chance It just so happens I know them.
3 : to do or be by chance I happened to overhear this.
4 : to come especially by way of injury or harm Nothing will happen to you.
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