What does happening mean?

Definitions for happening
ˈhæp ə nɪŋhap·pen·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word happening.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. happening, occurrence, occurrent, natural eventnoun

    an event that happens

GCIDE

  1. happeningnoun

    Specifically: An event that is particularly interesting, noteworthy, or important.

  2. happeningnoun

    An artistic or entertainment event that is unconventional, sometimes discontinuous, designed to evoke strong emotions, and sometimes involving participation by the audience.

Wiktionary

  1. happeningnoun

    Something that happens.

  2. happeningnoun

    A spontaneous or improvised event, especially one that involves audience participation.

  3. happeningadjective

    Busy, lively; vibrant, dynamic; fashionable.

    This is a happening place tonight!

  4. happeningadjective

    Trendy, up-to-the-minute.

    He is a real happening guy.

Wikipedia

  1. Happening

    A happening is a performance, event, or situation art, usually as performance art. The term was first used by Allan Kaprow during the 1950s to describe a range of art-related events.

ChatGPT

  1. happening

    A happening is an event, occurrence or situation that is taking place or currently in progress. It is something that happens, especially something that is considered noteworthy or significant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Happening

    of Happen

Wikidata

  1. Happening

    A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered art, usually as performance art. Happenings take place anywhere, and are often multi-disciplinary, with a nonlinear narrative and the active participation of the audience. Key elements of happenings are planned, but artists sometimes retain room for improvisation. This new media art aspect to happenings eliminates the boundary between the artwork and its viewer. Henceforth, the interactions between the audience and the artwork makes the audience, in a sense, part of the art. In the late 1960s, perhaps due to the depiction in films of hippie culture, the term was used much less specifically to mean any gathering of interest, from a pool hall meetup or a jamming of a few young people to a beer blast or fancy formal party.

Editors Contribution

  1. happening

    To exist.

    It was real and was happening.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'happening' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3101

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'happening' in Written Corpus Frequency: #921

How to pronounce happening?

How to say happening in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of happening in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of happening in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of happening in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Atwood:

    For years and years people were saying will there be a sequel, please write a sequel, tell us what happened, and I always said I can't do that, but then a couple of things happened. Instead of going away from Gilead as I thought had been happening in the 1990s, we started going back towards Gilead in a number of places in the world including United States.

  2. Michael Frizell:

    I never imagined I'd be researching a book like this. It was a challenge to find a focus for the comic because there's so much happening, tiger King.

  3. Matt Haney:

    This is something that is happening to Asian people in our community specifically, this is a pattern, it's hard to imagine anything more disgusting and awful. These folks were waiting for the bus, they were targeted.

  4. Extermination Association official Tsutomu Tanikawa:

    There are fewer people, and when rats are hungry, they become less wary of humans, this is not just a Japan problem, it is happening all over the world.

  5. Josh King Madrid:

    When referring to human connection, the term frame describes the significance you assign to a given interaction and how you characterize what is happening.”

Popularity rank by frequency of use

happening#1#5437#10000

Translations for happening

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for happening »

Translation

Find a translation for the happening definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"happening." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 25 Jul 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/happening>.

Discuss these happening definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Are we missing a good definition for happening? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of

    happening

    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    be hungry; go without food
    A summon
    B famish
    C cleave
    D abide

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for happening: