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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 hap·pen /ˈhæpən, pṃ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hap·pen v. i. [imp. & p. p. Happened p. pr. & vb. n. Happening.]
 1. To come by chance; to come without previous expectation; to fall out.
    There shall no evil happen to the just.   --Prov. xii. 21.
 2. To take place; to occur.
    All these things which had happened.   --Luke xxiv. 14.
 To happen on, to meet with; to fall or light upon. “I have happened on some other accounts.” --Graunt.
 To happen in, to make a casual call. [Colloq.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place
           off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed
           important" [syn: hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass,
            fall out, come about, take place]
      2: happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by
         chance; "It happens that today is my birthday"; "These
         things befell" (Santayana) [syn: befall, bechance]
      3: chance to be or do something, without intention or
         causation; "I happen to have just what you need!"
      4: come into being; become reality; "Her dream really
         materialized" [syn: materialize, materialise] [ant: dematerialize,
      5: come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We 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" [syn: find, chance, bump,