happen

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English happenen, happen, from Old Norse *happa, *heppa, itself from Proto-Germanic *hampijaną ‎(to fit in, be fitting). Equivalent to hap ‎(a chance, occurrence, byfall) +‎ -en ‎(verbal suffix).

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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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AdverbEdit

happen ‎(not comparable)

  1. (obsolete or dialect) maybe, perhaps.

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VerbEdit

happen ‎(past singular hapte, past participle gehapt)

  1. to take a bite

ConjugationEdit

Inflection of happen (weak)
infinitive happen
past singular hapte
past participle gehapt
infinitive happen
gerund happen n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular hap hapte
2nd person sing. (jij) hapt hapte
2nd person sing. (u) hapt hapte
2nd person sing. (gij) hapt hapte
3rd person singular hapt hapte
plural happen hapten
subjunctive sing.1 happe hapte
subjunctive plur.1 happen hapten
imperative sing. hap
imperative plur.1 hapt
participles happend gehapt
1) Archaic.

NounEdit

happen

  1. Plural form of hap
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