hap·pen /ˈhæpən, pṃ/
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.]
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,