happen meaning

EN[ˈhapən] [ˈhæpən] [-æpən]

    Definition of happen in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGhappensPRhappeningPT, PPhappenedSUF-en
    1. To occur or take place.
      1. Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic who still resists the idea that something drastic needs to happen for him to turn his life around.
    2. To occur unexpectedly, by chance or with a low probability.
      1. Take an umbrella in case it happens to rain. ‎
      2. Do you happen to have an umbrella? ‎
    3. (followed by on or upon) To encounter by chance.
    4. Adverb
      1. (obsolete or dialect) maybe, perhaps.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • There's a lot of sportsing happening in Brazil this summer. ‎ [said of the 2014 FIFA World Cup]
          • The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.
          • He promised himself that no matter what happened he would not do the tongue-lolling thing.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • I relive that horrible accident every night and wake screaming, just as I screamed when it happened.
          • If you weren't a beligerent[sic] little shitnugget and thought before you posted, maybe this wouldn't happen.
          • Her eyes clouded over with grief as we told her what had happened.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adverbs
          • Uncomparable adverbs
          • Morphemes
            • Suffixes
              • Words by suffix
                • Words suffixed with -en
            • Verbs
              • Catenative verbs
            Related Links:
            1. en happened
            2. en happens
            3. en happening
            4. fr happening
            5. fr happent
            Source: Wiktionary

            Meaning of happen for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "happen" is an adverb, more specifically, an uncomparable adverb. It's also a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe. It's also a verb, more specifically, a catenative verb.
            Difficultness: Level 1
            Easy     ➨     Difficult
            Definiteness: Level 8
            Definite    ➨     Versatile