verb (used without object)
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Origin of happen
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Example sentences from the Web for happen
What’s happening now is a public race to secure a handful of votes from the new San Diego City Council members.VOSD Podcast: Why Montgomery Steppe Wants to Be Council President|Nate John|November 20, 2020|Voice of San Diego
I think that happens from being at a program, being doubted before, being young, with people telling you what you can and can’t do and stuff like that.Wizards’ plan for John Wall involves fewer minutes, more run for Ish Smith, Cassius Winston|Ava Wallace|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Because, as Hagon told me, “without those basic things that have to happen at the community level, that have to be designed with and by the community, then you’re not going to save lives.”Natural disasters are increasing. The world’s poorest are left to fend for themselves.|Jariel Arvin|November 20, 2020|Vox
These past two weeks, we didn’t really know what was going to happen with the game on Saturday.Navy will host Memphis and Tulsa to make up games postponed by coronavirus issues|Kareem Copeland|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
It can’t decideThe person receiving an alert doesn’t know who they were exposed to, or even when exactly it happened.A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.|Geoffrey Fowler|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
“I think the types of stories we do are very similar to what happened with hip-hop,” says Jones.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What happened to true love knows no boundaries and all that?Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As soon as this attack [happened], Paris citizens came together to show were are not afraid, we are Charlie Hebdo.
The St. Thomas gathering happened around 2005, according to Krauss.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The big slug happened to hit the suspect in the street, passing through his arm and then striking Police Officer Andrew Dossi.
Strathland would bundle me out in ten minutes if anything happened to Jack.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
I want to see the sort of thing happening to schools that has already happened to many sorts of retail shops.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
When we came in he looked indisposed and nervous, and there happened to be a good many artists there.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
He leaped out to see what had happened, and, after a few perplexed and exhausting moments, remembered.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
He took mental inventory of his possessions and what he could lay claim to, and he happened to think about his wife's homestead.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for happen
adverb, sentence substitute
- another word for perhaps
- (as sentence modifier)happen I'll see thee tomorrow