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happening

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noun hap·pen·ing \ˈhap-niŋ, ˈha-pə-\

Definition of happening

  1. 1 :  something that happens :  occurrence

  2. 2 :  an event or series of events designed to evoke a spontaneous reaction to sensory, emotional, or spiritual stimuli

  3. 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

15th Century

First Known Use of happening

15th century


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happening

adjective hap·pen·ing

Definition of happening

  1. 1 :  very fashionable :  in a happening hairstyle

  2. 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

1965

First Known Use of happening

1965


HAPPENING Defined for English Language Learners

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happening

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noun hap·pen·ing \ˈhap-niŋ, ˈha-pə-\

Definition of happening for English Language Learners

  • : an event or occurrence


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happening

adjective hap·pen·ing

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

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



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