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English verb: happen

1. happen (change) come to pass

SamplesWhat is happening?.
The meeting took place off without an incidence.
Nothing occurred that seemed important.

Synonymscome about, fall out, go on, hap, occur, pass, pass off, take place

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
It ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)anticipate, arise, backfire, backlash, bechance, bechance, befall, befall, betide, break, break, chance, coincide, come, come around, come off, come up, concur, contemporise, contemporize, develop, develop, fall, fall, give, go, go off, go over, happen, happen, intervene, materialise, materialize, operate, proceed, recoil, recrudesce, recur, repeat, result, roll around, shine, strike, supervene, synchronise, synchronize, transpire, turn out

2. happen (change) happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance

SamplesIt happens that today is my birthday.
These things befell.

Synonymsbechance, befall

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

Verb grouphappen

3. happen (social) chance to be or do something, without intention or causation

SamplesI happen to have just what you need!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
It ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)chance

Verb groupbechance, befall, happen

4. happen (change) come into being; become reality

SamplesHer dream really materialized.

Synonymsmaterialise, materialize

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

Narrower (hyponym)appear, come out

Antonymsdematerialise, dematerialize

5. happen (possession) come upon, as if by accident; meet with

SamplesWe 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.

Synonymsbump, chance, encounter, find

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

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