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 happen to the just. --Prov. xii. 21. [1913 Webster]

2. To take place; to occur. [1913 Webster]

All these things which had happened. --Luke xxiv. 14. [1913 Webster]

{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.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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