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Meaning & Definition of Happen in English

English

Happen

/hæpən/

verb

1. Come to pass

  • "What is happening?"
  • "The meeting took place off without an incidence"
  • "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
synonym:
  • happen,
  • hap,
  • go on,
  • pass off,
  • occur,
  • pass,
  • fall out,
  • come about,
  • take place

2. Happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance

  • "It happens that today is my birthday"
  • "These things befell" (santayana)
synonym:
  • happen,
  • befall,
  • bechance

3. Chance to be or do something, without intention or causation

  • "I happen to have just what you need!"
synonym:
  • happen

4. Come into being

  • Become reality
  • "Her dream really materialized"
synonym:
  • happen,
  • materialize,
  • materialise

5. Come upon, as if by accident

  • Meet with
  • "We find this idea in plato"
  • "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"
  • "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
synonym:
  • find,
  • happen,
  • chance,
  • bump,
  • encounter

Examples of using

Impossible things happen that we can't understand. They're completely unimaginable.
Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
How could it happen all by itself? It seems someone's wicked design is involved here.