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Synonyms for happen
ˈhæp ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place(verb)

    come to pass

    "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

    Synonyms:
    materialise, run, perish, elapse, go past, make pass, progress, top, put across, go by, draw, evanesce, continue, occur, pass off, slip by, materialize, breathe, excrete, turn over, go, spend, bechance, slide by, croak, emit, fade, hand, legislate, egest, exit, authorise, exceed, fleet, pass away, slip away, drop dead, overstep, transcend, make it, return, pop off, come out, authorize, devolve, cash in one's chips, kick the bucket, give, fall out, hap, march on, glide by, go on, chance, sink, eliminate, move on, lapse, come up, give-up the ghost, blow over, take place, lead, expire, overhaul, find, advance, go through, reach, communicate, come about, keep, choke, pass by, snuff it, overtake, bump, follow, extend, come on, carry on, die, fall, pass, proceed, encounter, clear, decease, conk, travel by, buy the farm, pass along, come, befall, go across, go along, surpass, guide, pass on

  2. happen, befall, bechance(verb)

    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)

    Synonyms:
    encounter, betide, materialise, fall out, bump, go on, occur, pass off, materialize, bechance, hap, chance, take place, befall, find, pass, come about

  3. happen(verb)

    chance to be or do something, without intention or causation

    "I happen to have just what you need!"

    Synonyms:
    materialise, hap, go on, chance, pass off, materialize, take place, encounter, befall, occur, bump, fall out, find, pass, bechance, come about

  4. happen, materialize, materialise(verb)

    come into being; become reality

    "Her dream really materialized"

    Synonyms:
    encounter, materialise, fall out, bump, go on, occur, pass off, materialize, bechance, hap, chance, take place, befall, find, pass, come about

  5. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    line up, detect, recover, kick downstairs, find oneself, befall, take chances, get, get hold, run across, gamble, demote, fall out, find, pass off, retrieve, hazard, knock, rule, notice, meet, chance, determine, see, find out, come about, come up, play, take a chance, encounter, materialize, go on, receive, feel, occur, risk, pass, incur, take place, come across, bechance, observe, run into, adventure, witness, dislodge, run a risk, ascertain, relegate, bump, take on, hap, break, regain, obtain, materialise, discover

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. happen

    A thing is said to happen when no design is manifest, or none especially thought of; it is said to chance when it appears to be the result of accident (compare synonyms for ACCIDENT). An incident happens or occurs; something external or actual happens to one; a thought or fancy occurs to him. Befall and betide are transitive; happen is intransitive; something befalls or betides a person or happens to him. Betide is especially used for anticipated evil, thought of as waiting and coming at its appointed time; as, wo betide him! One event supervenes upon another event, one disease upon another, etc. ["Transpire," in the sense of happen, is not authorized by good usage: a thing that has happened is properly said to transpire when it becomes known.]

    Synonyms:
    bechance, befall, betide, chance, come to pass, fall, fall out, occur, supervene, take place

    Preposition:
    An event happens to a person; a person happens on or upon a fact, discovery, etc.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. happen(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    chance, occur, befall, betide, come, take place, turn up, fall out, come to pass

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. happen(v)

    Synonyms:
    occur, befall, betide, supervene, intervene

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    occur, arrive, arise, be

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How to use happen in a sentence?

  1. John McCain:

    It was very obvious to many of us that this did not have to happen, we did not take care of the regime that was in place, the president that was in there. It is a symptom of our failure throughout the Middle East.

  2. Oprah Winfrey:

    What I know for sure is we can all come together to support a stronger, healthier, more abundant life -- focused on what makes us feel energized, connected and empowered, as I travel the country, my hope for this experience is to motivate others to let 2020 be the year of transformation and triumph -- beginning first and foremost with what makes us well. This is the year to move forward, let's make it happen in 2020 !

  3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    He has made it clear that the U.S. is the Great Satan and that Iran intends to destroy the state of Israel. This will not happen. Israel is a strong country and it will become even stronger, however, the conclusion that arises from the remarks of the tyrant in Tehran is that all responsible countries must cooperate in order to stop Iran's terrorism and aggression which, to my regret, will only increase as a result of the agreement.

  4. Atheendar Venkataramani:

    The study is important because it shows that when economic opportunities collapse, it not only has consequences for people's economic wellbeing but it might adversely affect their health too, economic opportunity matters for our health, and as the forces that are shifting economic opportunities for people are continuing to evolve, we have to think about how policies can both make people resilient -- from a health sense -- to the negative changes that might happen, and we also have to think about what types of policies on the economic side may actually give people opportunities, which may also bolster their health.

  5. Yonatan Zunger:

    Sheesh. High on my list of bugs you *never* want to see happen. ::shudder::.


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