happen to

phrasal verb

happened to; happening to; happens 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.

Examples of happen to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Best Drama Movies on Netflix to Stream Now What happens to Gus? Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 This matchup also happens to mars the greatest distance between two competing teams, their home arenas 2,543 miles apart, or a near-eight-hour flight. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 9 June 2024 Krekorian accused Burbank police officers of dumping a homeless man on a stretch of sidewalk in North Hollywood that happens to be in front of Krekorian’s district office. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2024 Conlon’s mother, a real estate agent herself, happened to own the 1960s house, perched on a bluff overlooking the water. Jane Margolies, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for happen to 

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“Happen to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happen%20to. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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