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Definition of 'happen'


  1. come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
       Synonyms: hap go on pass off occur pass fall out come about take place
  2. 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)
       Synonyms: befall bechance
  3. chance to be or do something, without intention or causation; "I happen to have just what you need!"
  4. come into being; become reality; "Her dream really materialized"
       Synonyms: materialize materialise
       Antonyms: dematerialize dematerialise dematerialize dematerialise
  5. 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"
       Synonyms: find chance bump encounter

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