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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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