Definitions for: Happen


[v] come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
[v] come into being; become reality; "Her dream really materialized"
[v] 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)
[v] 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"
[v] chance to be or do something, without intention or causation; "I happen to have just what you need!"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hap"pen, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Happened; p. pr. & vb.
n. Happening.] [OE. happenen, hapnen. See Hap to happen.]
1. To come by chance; to come without previous expectation;
to fall out.

There shall no evil happen to the just. --Prov. xii.
21.

2. To take place; to occur.

All these things which had happened. --Luke xxiv.
14.

To happen on, to meet with; to fall or light upon. ``I have
happened on some other accounts.'' --Graunt.

To happen in, to make a casual call. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: bump, chance, come about, encounter, find, go on, hap, occur, pass, pass off, take place

Antonyms: dematerialise, dematerialize

See Also: anticipate, appear, arise, bechance, befall, betide, break, chance, chance, coincide, come, come around, come off, come out, come up, concur, contemporise, contemporize, develop, fall, give, go, go off, go over, happen, materialise, materialize, operate, proceed, recrudesce, recur, repeat, roll around, shine, strike, supervene, synchronise, synchronize, transpire, turn out

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