• IPA: /ˈhæpən/

happen (happens, present participle happening; past and past participle happened)

  1. (intransitive) To occur or take place.
    Synonyms: come to pass, Thesaurus:happen
    Let me tell you how it happened.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To happen to; to befall.
  3. (intransitive or impersonal, with infinitive) To do or occur by chance or unexpectedly.
    Take an umbrella in case it happens to rain.
    Do you happen to have an umbrella?
    I happened to get wet.
  4. (followed by on or upon) To encounter by chance.
    • 1860, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, ch. 30:
      Unexpectedly, in a nook close by the farmhouse, he happened upon a spot where the vintage had actually commenced.
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happen (not comparable)

  1. (, obsolete or dialect) maybe, perhaps.

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