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 place(verb)

    come to pass

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

  2. happen, befall, bechance(verb)

    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. happen(verb)

    chance to be or do something, without intention or causation

    "I happen to have just what you need!"

  4. happen, materialize, materialise(verb)

    come into being; become reality

    "Her dream really materialized"

  5. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter(verb)

    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. happen(Verb)

    To occur or take place.

    Let me tell you how it happened.

    Etymology: From happenen

  2. happen(Verb)

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

    Take an umbrella in case it happens to rain.

    Etymology: From happenen

  3. happen(Verb)

    To encounter by chance.

    Etymology: From happenen

  4. happen(Adverb)

    maybe, perhaps.

    Etymology: From happenen

Webster Dictionary

  1. Happen(verb)

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

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

  2. Happen(verb)

    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  

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

How to pronounce happen?

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    Karen
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How to say happen in sign language?

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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. Abby Sciuto:

    Clay died saving my life, and I owe him a debt and I intend to see it through, clay always wanted to start a charity in honor of his mom and since he's not here to make that happen, I will. I know you may not understand, but it's something I have to do -- and not just for him but for me.

  2. Joshua Gilbert:

    Payments in general is such a complicated system with so many incumbent providers that revolutionary change like this was not going to happen very quickly.

  3. Thomas Shelby:

    I didn't know what was going to happen and the end of series two, I thought I was dead for sure, I thought I was a goner, and then series three I didn't know who I was going to marry, what was going to happen, so you're always a step behind the writer and I think that's important.

  4. Christopher Grundler:

    What matters to the EPA is compliance where the spirit of laws is respected rather than just the text of the law. I absolutely want to hear from VW what their efforts to this end look like and how they make sure that such a thing (like the emissions scandal) will never happen again.

  5. Kira Conard:

    For a man that would never meet me to give me basically a full ride to college, that's incredible. That doesn't happen.

Images & Illustrations of happen

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