Definition of happen
- it so happens I'm going your way
- mistakes will happen
- I happen to know the answer
- happened upon a system that worked
- —Richard Corbin
- he might happen by at any time
- I promise nothing will happen to you
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.”
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to take place especially without being planned
: to do or be something by chance
—used with it to describe something that occurs by chance
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