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happening

[ hap-uh-ning ]
/ ˈhæp ə nɪŋ /
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noun
something that happens; occurrence; event.
an unconventional dramatic or artistically orchestrated performance, often a series of discontinuous events involving audience participation.
any event considered worthwhile, unusual, or interesting.
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Origin of happening

1545–55; 1965–70 for def. 2; happen + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for happening

happening
/ (ˈhæpənɪŋ, ˈhæpnɪŋ) /

noun
an occurrence; event
an improvised or spontaneous display or performance consisting of bizarre and haphazard events
adjective
informal fashionable and up-to-the-minute
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