Definition of


  1. (verb, change) come to pass
    The meeting took place off without an incidence
    Nothing occurred that seemed important
  2. (verb, change) come into being; become reality
  3. (verb, change) happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance
    These things befell
  4. (verb, possession) come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
    She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day
  5. (verb, social) chance to be or do something, without intention or causation

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Happen

  1. c.1300, happenen "to come to pass, occur," originally "occur by hap" (see hap); replaced O.E. gelimpan, gesceon, and M.E. befall. First record of happenstance is 1897, formed from happening + circumstance. Happening in the sense of "spontaneous event or display" is from 1959. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Happen

ha'penny, hafnium, havana, have on, haven, heaven, heavy weapon, hipbone, hoffman, hoffmann, hoop pine, hop on, hyphema, hyphen, hyponym, hyponymy, hypopnea

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