Etymology
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happen (v.)

late 14c., happenen, "to come to pass, occur, come about, be the case," literally "occur by hap, have the (good or bad) fortune (to do, be, etc.);" extension (with verb-formative -n) of the more common hap (v.). Old English used gelimpan, gesceon, and Middle English also had befall. In Middle English fel it hap meant "it happened." Related: Happened; happening. Phrase happens to be as an assertive way to say "is" is from 1707.

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Definitions of happen

happen (v.)
come to pass;
What is happening?
Synonyms: hap / go on / pass off / occur / pass / fall out / come about / take place
happen (v.)
happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance; "These things befell" (Santayana);
It happens that today is my birthday
Synonyms: befall / bechance
happen (v.)
chance to be or do something, without intention or causation;
I happen to have just what you need!
happen (v.)
come into being; become reality;
Synonyms: materialize / materialise
happen (v.)
come upon, as if by accident; meet with;
I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
Synonyms: find / chance / bump / encounter
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