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happen meaning

EN[ˈhapən] [ˈhæpən] [-æpən]
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    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
          • Despite this risk, little has happened in the six months since Frankfurt cut interest rates causing one to wonder how different Draghi is from his predecessor.
          • When we see someone eat a hamburger in a commercial, we store that experience as having happened in reality when, in reality, it was a case of virtual consumption.
          • If nothing happens when you ask nicely, raise a stink until something gets done.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • We had a terrible year so we agreed to turn back the clock and go on as if it hadn't happened.
          • I relive that horrible accident every night and wake screaming, just as I screamed when it happened.
          • 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
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            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.
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