happen Definition

to take place, especially without being planned.

Using happen: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "happen" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I don't know what happened.

  • Example

    What happened to your car?

  • Example

    It just so happens that I have an extra ticket.

  • Example

    I happened to see her at the store.

happen Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for happen

Antonyms for happen

Phrases with happen

  • to find or discover something by chance


    I happened upon a great little restaurant while wandering around the city.

  • to cause something to occur or come into existence


    If we work together, we can make great things happen.

  • whatever happens

    regardless of what occurs or transpires


    Whatever happens, I'll always be here for you.


Summary: happen in Brief

The verb 'happen' [ˈhapən] means to occur or take place without being planned. It is often used in questions like 'What happened?' and in phrases like 'happen upon,' meaning to find something by chance. 'Make something happen' means to cause something to occur, while 'whatever happens' implies steadfast support regardless of the outcome.

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