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?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Donald Trump:

    Can something happen? I guess, maybe. Who knows. But I think it's probably unlikely.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    It took less than a day for me to be attacked for the very thing that I predicted would happen and that's just ridiculous. We need to have a grown-up conversation about these issues.

  3. Barry Schwartz:

    We are in a low-growth, flat lined world and we've been that way for five years and the stock market climbed a giant amount, low interest rates are the best thing that can happen to competing assets to cash and fixed income.

  4. Manash Goswami:

    A lot of what's going to happen in Canada is going to be driven by commodities, sentiment and reality, i'm not bullish.

  5. Prime Minister Prayut:

    I feel for our children, youths and university students and I also share their parents' worries too. But there must be a vigilance about violations, I think people won't tolerate it and allow incident like this to happen again.

Images & Illustrations of happen

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