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happen

hap·pen

happen

 
 
pronunciation:
hae pn
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: happened, happening, happens
definition 1: to take place; occur.
Many accidents have happened at this street corner.We can't predict what will happen in our lives.You broke your leg? When did that happen?
synonyms:
come to pass, fall, occur, pass, take place
similar words:
arise, be, befall, betide, come, ensue, eventuate, give
definition 2: to occur or take place by chance or coincidence.
These things happen; there isn't always a reason.
synonyms:
chance
definition 3: to encounter by chance (usu. fol. by on or upon).
I happened upon him this morning in the park.
synonyms:
chance, stumble
similar words:
bump into, come, hit, run across
definition 4: to have the accidental lot, luck, or misfortune (to be in a specified situation or do something specified); chance.
A deer just happened to be in the road at the moment we came around the curve.We happened to get seats right next to each other.Aren't we lucky? I just happen to have a cork screw in my pocket.
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