What does happen mean?

Definitions for happen
ˈhæp ənhap·pen

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word happen.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. happenverb

    To occur or take place.

    Let me tell you how it happened.

    Etymology: From happenen

  2. happenverb

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

    Take an umbrella in case it happens to rain.

    Etymology: From happenen

  3. happenverb

    To encounter by chance.

    Etymology: From happenen

  4. happenadverb

    maybe, perhaps.

    Etymology: From happenen

Webster Dictionary

  1. Happenverb

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

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

  2. Happenverb

    to take place; to occur

    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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  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. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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Numerology

  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. Scott Morrison:

    It is about getting electricity prices down, getting emissions down, getting more power into the system, and getting the gas to make that happen.

  2. David Dalke:

    I said' I know you're busy.' I explained the situation and said,' If you ever make it happen, just a text message to Rich and Julie Morgan that you're sorry they couldn't make the trip,'.

  3. Leonardo Coronado:

    I'm so fed up that what happened in Venezuela could happen here, we don't want our country destroyed like our neighbor's has been.

  4. Ilhan Omar:

    I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open House Democrats to attacks.

  5. Art Hogan:

    If interest rates were to go up sharply, then yes, the markets are overvalued, but that's not going to happen.

Images & Illustrations of happen

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