What does happening mean?

Definitions for happening
ˈhæp ə nɪŋhap·pen·ing

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. happening, occurrence, occurrent, natural event(noun)

    an event that happens

GCIDE

  1. happening(n.)

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

  2. happening(n.)

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

Wiktionary

  1. happening(Noun)

    Something that happens.

  2. happening(Noun)

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

  3. happening(Adjective)

    Busy, lively; vibrant, dynamic; fashionable.

    This is a happening place tonight!

  4. happening(Adjective)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Happening

    of Happen

Freebase

  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?

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    Karen
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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. Dena Abergel:

    Because I have the diversity of students and the pool to choose from that is diverse, some of those students will end up being the leads and it just happened to work out without my even realizing it that all four were of some mixed diversity, and that's just mirroring what's happening in New York City Ballet and around the world.

  2. Terry Hughes:

    We are all in shock really at how quick this has happened, three severe bleaching events in five years is not something we anticipated happening until the middle of the century.

  3. Ali Shihabi:

    There's an appetite in the world with the demonization that's happening to Saudi Arabia that creates more opportunities( for asylum).

  4. Alan Ewert:

    I think it reflected what’s really happening out there, Given the fact that particularly elite climbers are active several times a week, I wouldn’t say (the injury rates are) high or low but expected.

  5. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly:

    I'm staying up late at night every night to try to prevent that from happening. So that's what keeps me ... awake at night.

Images & Illustrations of happening

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