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 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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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. Michelle Norsworthy:

    I am beyond proud to have been part of the movement to make this policy happen, i suffered for decades as my identity, my medical needs and my very humanity were denied by the people and the system responsible for my care.

  2. John Pollock:

    This underscores the point that there is no solution without rent relief, this order doesn't alter rent obligation, but what are we expecting is going to happen when all that back rent is due in January ?

  3. Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw:

    How did it happen? How did he wind up there? these are all questions that are out there.

  4. Riad Malki:

    Neglecting relations with the Palestinians is dangerous. It indicates what will happen after the election, especially if we have a right-wing coalition, this means that the coming period will be very difficult.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    I happen to like Hillary Clinton, but I am astounded by some of the people that she has hired, including David Brock.

Images & Illustrations of happen

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