happen to

phrasal verb
happened to; happening to; happens to

Definition of happen to

: to affect or involve (someone or something) as the result of an event or action An odd thing happened to me on my way to the office last week. I wonder what/whatever happened to that guy after he lost his job. especially : to affect (someone or something) in a bad or harmful way I promise nothing will happen to you. What happened to the car? There's a big scratch on the fender.

Learn More About happen to

Dictionary Entries Near happen to

happenstance

happen to

happer

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for happen to

Cite this Entry

“Happen to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happen%20to. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!