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1. happen

verb. ['ˈhæpən'] come to pass.

Synonyms

  • go over
  • recoil
  • recrudesce
  • supervene
  • give
  • coincide
  • hap
  • occur
  • come about
  • come up
  • result
  • pass
  • bechance
  • recur
  • go on
  • transpire
  • turn out
  • materialize
  • come
  • shine
  • chance
  • synchronise
  • befall
  • operate
  • proceed
  • pass off
  • take place
  • come around
  • fall
  • go
  • intervene
  • backfire
  • contemporize
  • anticipate
  • backlash
  • fall out
  • arise
  • roll around
  • go off
  • strike
  • come off
  • develop
  • materialise
  • repeat
  • synchronize
  • betide
  • break
  • concur

Antonyms

  • dematerialise
  • stand still
  • deny
  • withdraw

Etymology

  • happenen (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Happen

  • misshapen
  • tappen
  • tappan
  • lappen

Example sentences of the word happen


1. Verb, base form
No matter how careful you are, mistakes can and likely will happen.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
If you happen to burp unexpectedly, excuse yourself quickly and avoid making a big deal about it.

Quotes containing the word happen


1. Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
- Shel Silverstein

2. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

3. It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

2. happen

verb. ['ˈhæpən'] happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance.

Synonyms

  • bechance
  • befall
  • go on
  • hap
  • occur
  • pass off
  • come about
  • take place
  • fall out

Antonyms

  • bottlefeed
  • disinherit
  • explode
  • stay

Etymology

  • happenen (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. happen

verb. ['ˈhæpən'] chance to be or do something, without intention or causation.

Synonyms

  • befall
  • bechance

Antonyms

  • disagree
  • disappear
  • fall

Etymology

  • happenen (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. happen

verb. ['ˈhæpən'] come into being; become reality.

Synonyms

  • materialise
  • go on
  • come out
  • hap
  • occur
  • pass off
  • come about
  • take place
  • appear
  • materialize
  • fall out

Antonyms

  • dematerialise
  • take
  • borrow
  • breastfeed

Etymology

  • happenen (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. happen

verb. ['ˈhæpən'] come upon, as if by accident; meet with.

Synonyms

  • bump
  • find
  • encounter

Antonyms

  • forbid
  • disallow
  • refuse
  • shrink

Etymology

  • happenen (Middle English (1100-1500))
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