verb (used without object)
- happen by,
- happen on,
Origin of happen
Examples from the Web for happens
So, what happens if nothing in his training has replicated such a dire condition?Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But this is also what happens sometimes to actresses (and journalists) when someone hits it big.
“It happens very often that the form smothers the content,” he says.Christoph Waltz on Bond, Burton, and Channeling His Inner Darkness|Marlow Stern|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just ask Darren Sharper what happens if your sporting career suddenly falters.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It happens, of course, but the less time a person is sick, the better their chances of recovery.
But after all he had to go some time; and then what happens?Archibald Malmaison|Julian Hawthorne
In times of peace they have little to do, and so it happens that we are forever quarrelling with those who live near at hand.With Wolseley to Kumasi|F.S. Brereton
But the true meaning, as so often happens, lived on, when men spoke with unconscious correctness of S. Olds.Oxford and its Story|Cecil Headlam
Will you tell me how it happens that Mlle. Moreau's name and address are written in pencil on the back of this card?Avarice-Anger:|Eugne Sue
That is what happens when you telephone, but when you realize it the mystery gains rather than decreases.Historic Inventions|Rupert S. Holland
adverb, sentence substitute
- another word for perhaps
- (as sentence modifier)happen I'll see thee tomorrow
Word Origin 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.