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happen    : [h'æpən]
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.
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There shall no evil happen to the just. --Prov. xii.
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2. To take place; to occur.
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All these things which had happened. --Luke xxiv.
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{To happen on}, to meet with; to fall or light upon. "I have
happened on some other accounts." --Graunt.

{To happen in}, to make a casual call. [Colloq.]
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v 1: come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place
off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed
important" [synonym: {happen}, {hap}, {go on}, {pass off},
{occur}, {pass}, {fall out}, {come about}, {take place}]
2: happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by
chance; "It happens that today is my birthday"; "These things
befell" (Santayana) [synonym: {happen}, {befall}, {bechance}]
3: chance to be or do something, without intention or causation;
"I happen to have just what you need!"
4: come into being; become reality; "Her dream really
materialized" [synonym: {happen}, {materialize}, {materialise}]
[ant: {dematerialise}, {dematerialize}]
5: come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea
in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not
very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in
the bookstore the other day" [synonym: {find}, {happen},
{chance}, {bump}, {encounter}]

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