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happen

See also: Happen

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From Middle English happenen

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happen (third-person singular simple present happens, present participle happening, simple past and past participle happened)

  1. To occur or take place.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21: 
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic who still resists the idea that something drastic needs to happen for him to turn his life around.
    Let me tell you how it happened.
  2. 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?
  3. (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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happen (past singular hapte, past participle gehapt)

  1. to take a bite

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happen

  1. Plural form of hap