verb (used without object)
Origin of happen
Examples from the Web for happen
“Please, please do not permit this to happen here in Florida,” wrote Cris K. Smith of East Polk County.
They now know that bad things can, and do, happen to those they love.
The possibility that the same outcome could happen another way -- namely a guy asks me out -- keeps me from taking action.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
How does it happen that citizens of modest means suffer as public sector unions gain?
The unspoken question from his son and the thousands of other kids was, “Could it happen to you?”Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then—well, I happen to forget what sort of a day this particular day turned into, about six of the clock.
I'm awfully sorry we had to give you such a shock for your leave-taking, but accidents will happen, now and then.The King of Arcadia|Francis Lynde
Later this is followed by erosion of the cartilages at such points as they happen to be in greatest contact.Diseases of the Horse's Foot|Harry Caulton Reeks
It began to happen quite frequently after he was arrested there in connection with some demonstration and handing out of leaflets.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Yes,” said I, “but do you happen to know if he had anything upon him by any chance when he died?The Man Who Would Be King|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for happen
adverb, sentence substitute
- another word for perhaps
- (as sentence modifier)happen I'll see thee tomorrow
Word Origin for happen
Word Origin and History for happen
c.1300, "to come to pass, occur," originally "occur by hap, to have the (good or bad) fortune (to do, be, etc.);" see hap (n.). Replaced Old English gelimpan, gesceon, and Middle English befall. In Middle English fel it hap meant "it happened." Related: Happened; happening.