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English Dictionary: happen by the DICT Development Group
2 results for happen
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
    Synonym(s): happen, 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)
    Synonym(s): happen, 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"
    Synonym(s): happen, materialize, materialise
    Antonym(s): dematerialise, dematerialize
  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"
    Synonym(s): find, happen, chance, bump, encounter
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Happen \Hap"pen\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Happened}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Happening}.] [OE. happenen, hapnen. See {Hap} to happen.]
      1. To come by chance; to come without previous expectation;
            to fall out.
                     There shall no evil happen to the just. --Prov. xii.
      2. To take place; to occur.
                     All these things which had happened.   --Luke xxiv.
      {To happen on}, to meet with; to fall or light upon. [bd]I
            have happened on some other accounts.[b8] --Graunt.
      {To happen in}, to make a casual call. [Colloq.]
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