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  1. happen verb [ I ] uk / ˈhæp. ə n / us / ˈhæp. ə n / happen verb [I] (HAVE EXISTENCE) A2 (of a situation or an event) to have existence or come into existence: No one knows exactly what happened but several people have been hurt. Anything could happen in the next half hour. A funny thing happened in the office today.

  2. Definition of happened past tense of happen as in occurred to take place did anything exciting happen over the summer? Synonyms & Similar Words Relevance occurred came was did transpired passed befell happed came down chanced cooked came about proceeded went down went on materialized came off arose betided came to pass resulted intervened developed

  3. happened; happening ˈhap- (ə-)niŋ 1 : to occur or come about by chance 2 : to take place : occur 3 : to have occasion or opportunity happened to overhear 4 a : to meet or find something by chance happened upon the right answer b : to appear casually or by chance happened into the room just as the music started 5 : to come by way of injury or harm

  4. 1. ( intr) (of an event in time) to come about or take place; occur. 2. (foll by: to) (of some unforeseen circumstance or event, esp death), to fall to the lot (of); be a source of good or bad fortune (to): if anything happens to me, it'll be your fault. 3. ( tr) to chance (to be or do something): I happen to know him.

  5. happen verb [I] (CHANCE) C1. to do or be by chance: [ + to infinitive ] They happened to look (= looked by chance) in the right place almost immediately. [ + (that) ] Fortunately it happened (that) there was no one in the house at the time of the explosion. [ + that ] It just so happens that I have her phone number right here.

  6. verb come to pass; occur synonyms for happened Compare Synonyms appear arise arrive crop up develop fall go on hit materialize meet pass result take effect take place transpire befall betide bump chance down ensue eventuate follow issue light proceed recur shake smoke spring stumble supervene be found become a fact become known become of come about

  7. C1. to do or be by chance: [ + to infinitive ] They happened to look (= looked by chance) in the right place almost immediately. [ + (that) ] Fortunately it happened (that) there was no one in the house at the time of the explosion. [ + that ] It just so happens that I have her phone number right here.

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