What does HAPPEN mean?

Definitions for HAPPEN
ˈhæp ənhap·pen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take placeverb

    come to pass

    "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

  2. happen, befall, bechanceverb

    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)

  3. happenverb

    chance to be or do something, without intention or causation

    "I happen to have just what you need!"

  4. happen, materialize, materialiseverb

    come into being; become reality

    "Her dream really materialized"

  5. find, happen, chance, bump, encounterverb

    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"


  1. happenverb

    To occur or take place.

    Let me tell you how it happened.

  2. happenverb

    To occur unexpectedly, by chance or with a low probability.

    Take an umbrella in case it happens to rain.

  3. happenverb

    To encounter by chance.

  4. happenadverb

    maybe, perhaps.

  5. Etymology: From happenen

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Happenverb

    Etymology: from hap.

    Bring forth your strong reasons, and shew us what shall happen. Is. xl. 22.

    Say not I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me. Ecclus. v. 4.

    If it so fall out that thou art miserable for ever, thou hast no reason to be surprized, as if some unexpected thing had happened to thee. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    I have happened on some other accounts relating to mortalities. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Happenverb

    to come by chance; to come without previous expectation; to fall out

  2. Happenverb

    to take place; to occur

  3. Etymology: [OE. happenen, hapnen. See Hap to happen.]

Editors Contribution

  1. happen

    To occur.

    The creation of peace is happening as we speak all around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HAPPEN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1376

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HAPPEN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #552

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HAPPEN' in Verbs Frequency: #64

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HAPPEN in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HAPPEN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of HAPPEN in a Sentence

  1. Travis Scott:

    Sometimes the kids are just so into it that it just comes out of them, i always am just surprised by the things that happen at the shows.

  2. Dr Myo Nyunt:

    Currently our country hasn't achieved democracy, we worry that unnecessary things will happen due to the thangyat. So the authorities issued temporary restrictions.

  3. Fox News contributor:

    It's very clear that she was trying to give all these protesters-slash-rioters a chance to blow off steam and then stop. It didn't happen.

  4. Marty Rosenbluth:

    So I was thinking, what would happen if we just stood there silently?

  5. Paul Nolte:

    You didn't have the snap back you would have expected to reverse a move like yesterday's. People are still nervous about overseas and what might happen tonight. Nobody wants to sit around and see what happens, our fundamentals are not nearly as bad as those in China, so it would be logical to see us rally. But we're still beholden to events in China.

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