Happen meaning

hăpən
Happen is defined as to take place or occur by chance.

An example of happen is running into a friend at a coffee shop.

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To come or go casually; make an appearance.

My friend happened by around dinnertime.

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To take place; occur; befall.
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Used with the impersonal subject it and a following clause or infinitive to indicate the occurrence of a usually unexpected or chance event.

It happened that I was in the shower when you called. It happened to snow on the night she was born.

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To occur unexpectedly, by chance or with a low probability.

Take an umbrella in case it happens to rain.

Do you happen to have an umbrella?

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To be or occur by chance or without plan.

It happened to rain.

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To encounter something by chance.

I happened upon an interesting article in the newspaper.

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To have the fortune (to be or do something); be in a situation or position (to be or do something).

The bus station happens to be close to the museum. I happen to know the answer to that question.

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Used with an infinitive to make polite requests.

Do you happen to know the time?

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To have the luck or occasion.

I happened to catch the exhibit when I was in New York.

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To come by chance (along, by, in, etc.)
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To occur or take place.

Let me tell you how it happened.

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(followed by on or upon) To encounter by chance.
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(obsolete or dialect) Maybe, perhaps.
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as it so happens
  • as a matter of fact; incidentally
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happen on
  • to meet or find by chance
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happen to
  • to be done to or be the fate of; befall
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of happen

  • Middle English happenen from hap chance hap

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English happenen

    From Wiktionary