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  • 1 Happen — Happen …

    Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • 2 happen — vb Happen, chance, occur, befall, betide, transpire are comparable when they mean to come to pass or to come about. Happen is the ordinary and general term and may imply either obvious causation or seeming accident, either design or an absence of …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 happen — UK US /ˈhæpən/ verb [I] ► to exist or begin to exist because of an action, situation, or event: » The one course of events no one anticipated was the one that happened: a long period of stagnation that threatened the assumptions of the European… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 happen — [hap′ən] vi. [ME happenen: see HAP1 & EN] 1. to take place; occur; befall 2. to be or occur by chance or without plan [it happened to rain] 3. to have the luck or occasion; chance [I happened to see it] …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Happen — Hap pen (h[a^]p p n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Happened} ( p nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Happening}.] [OE. happenen, hapnen. See {Hap} to happen.] 1. To come by chance; to come without previous expectation; to fall out. [1913 Webster] There shall no evil… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 happen — ► VERB 1) take place; occur. 2) come about by chance. 3) (happen on) come across by chance. 4) chance to do something or come about. 5) (happen to) be experienced by. 6) ( …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 happen by — ˈhappen a ˌlong ˈhappen ˌby [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they happen along he/she/it happens along …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 8 happen on — ˈhappen ˌon ˈhappen u ˌpon [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they happen on he/she/it happens on present participle happ …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 9 happen to sb — happen to sb/sth ► to affect someone or something in a way that changes something: »Everywhere I go people are becoming more and more depressed by what is happening to their savings. Main Entry: ↑happen …

    Financial and business terms

  • 10 Happen — Sm std. (18. Jh.) Stammwort. Aus dem Niederdeutschen; ursprünglich eine Lautgebärde wie auch die Interjektion happ(s), also das Erschnappte . Etwas früher bezeugt ist nndl. happen schnappen ; es könnte aber viel älter sein und die Grundlage von… …

    Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • 11 happen — index arise (occur), supervene Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 12 happen on — happen (up)on (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To find or meet by chance: bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, light on (or upon), run across, run into, stumble on (or upon), tumble on. Archaic: alight on (or upon).… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 happen — (v.) c.1300, to come to pass, occur, originally occur by hap, to have the (good or bad) fortune (to do, be, etc.); see HAP (Cf. hap) (n.). Replaced O.E. gelimpan, gesceon, and M.E. BEFALL (Cf. befall). In Middle English fel it hap meant it… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 14 happen\ on — • happen (up)on v literary To meet or find accidentally or by chance. The Girl Scouts happened on a charming little brook not far from the camp. At the convention I happened upon an old friend I had not seen for years. Syn.: chance on, come… …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 15 Happen — »Bissen«: Das erst seit dem 18. Jh. bezeugte, ursprünglich niederd. Wort stammt wahrscheinlich aus der Lallsprache der Kinder. Beachte das Lallwort »Papp« »Brei« und die Zusammensetzung berlin. »Happenpappen«. Abl.: happig »gierig ‹zubeißend›«,… …

    Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • 16 happen — [v] come to pass; occur appear, arise, arrive, become a fact, become known, become of, befall, be found, betide, bump, chance, come about, come after, come into being, come into existence, come off, crop up*, develop, down, ensue, eventuate, fall …

    New thesaurus

  • 17 happen — verb (I) 1 if an event or situation happens, it exists and continues for a period of time, especially without being planned first: The accident happened early on Tuesday morning. | No one knew who had fired the gun it all happened so quickly. |… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 happen — hap|pen [ hæpən ] verb intransitive *** to take place, usually without being planned: The accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. The family was on vacation when the tragedy happened. He seemed to be unaware of what was happening around… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 happen — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun Happen is used after these nouns: ↑break in {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} verb ADVERB ▪ actually, really ▪ She couldn t quite believe that all this was actually happening to her. ▪ jus …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 happen — hap|pen W1S1 [ˈhæpən] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: hap ( HAPPY)] 1.) when something happens, there is an event, especially one that is not planned = ↑occur ▪ When did the accident happen? ▪ It s impossible to predict what will happen next.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English