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happening

noun hap·pen·ing \ ˈhap-niŋ , ˈha-pə- \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of happening

1 : something that happens : occurrence
2 : an event or series of events designed to evoke a spontaneous reaction to sensory, emotional, or spiritual stimuli
3 : something (such as an event) that is particularly interesting, entertaining, or important

Examples of happening in a Sentence

  1. the President's visit to the school was a real happening for teachers and students alike

  2. gave a detailed account of all the happenings of the weekend

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First Known Use of happening

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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happening

adjective

Definition of happening

1 : very fashionable : in
  • a happening hairstyle
2 : offering much stimulating activity
  • a happening dance club

Examples of happening in a Sentence

  1. This is quite a happening town on the weekends.

  2. those are some happening duds, man

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First Known Use of happening

1965

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HAPPENING Defined for English Language Learners

happening

Definition of happening for English Language Learners

  • : an event or occurrence


happening

Definition of happening for English Language Learners

  • : fashionable or popular


HAPPENING Defined for Kids

happening

noun hap·pen·ing \ ˈha-pə-niŋ , ˈhap-niŋ \

Definition of happening for Students

: something that occurs
  • It was a week of strange happenings.


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