happening

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noun

hap·​pen·​ing ˈhap-niŋ How to pronounce happening (audio)
ˈha-pə-
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

happening

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adjective

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

Examples of happening in a Sentence

Noun the President's visit to the school was a real happening for teachers and students alike gave a detailed account of all the happenings of the weekend Adjective This is quite a happening town on the weekends. those are some happening duds, man
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The 37-year-old rapper went deeper into the situation, drawing a parallel to some recent happenings in California. Armon Sadler, VIBE.com, 18 July 2024 Trying to keep the family afloat, Ebony relocates them for a fresh start — but haunting happenings inside their new home catch the attention of Child Protective Services. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 16 July 2024
Adjective
While the overarching trend for fall is still lowest maintenance possible, there's a bit more happening than your typical sunny blondes and balayage brunettes. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 2 Sep. 2020 What was once a sleepy college town next to a railroad stop is now one of the most happening cities in the state of Texas. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, 5 Apr. 2018 See all Example Sentences for happening 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of happening was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Happening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happening. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

happening

noun
hap·​pen·​ing
1
: something that happens : occurrence
2
: an event that is especially interesting, entertaining, or important

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