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Synonyms for happen
ˈhæp ənhap·pen

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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.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take placeverb

    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, bechanceverb

    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. happenverb

    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, materialiseverb

    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, encounterverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. happenverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. happenverb

    Synonyms:
    occur, befall, betide, supervene, intervene

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "happen":

    occur, arrive, arise, be

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How to use happen in a sentence?

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When Sun-Tzu said "Every Battle Is Won Before It Is Ever Fought.", he highlighted the absolute importance of Planning that can lead to positive result in subsequent Execution. In other words, Execution can be excellent, only when Planning is perfect. Also important is the planning for most contingencies, which is exactly what a best General or a savvy Manager does. When it doesn't happen, you would see even the best planning lose, and competitor's with mere average planning win. It's interesting to realize that these spupreme strategies were thought about, and explained 2500 years ago, by Sun-Tzu, outstanding Chinese military general, visionary strategist and great philosopher. Amazing!

  2. Zoe Kravitz:

    It's not males are leading and the females are being suppressed or the females are leading and the males are being suppressed, there's equality between the kingdom and the queendom and I think that's all that needs to happen in our modern world.

  3. Rafael Nuñez:

    I wasn't defending the tweet, I think the tweet was in bad taste, it was very troubling, the response, It's an echo chamber. We were told to not give opinions because our opinions don't matter … If that sub-set of students wants that to happen, then they should make that clear. They get on this moral high ground that what they believe is the only true and best belief.

  4. Luis Aguirre:

    I don't think it will happen.

  5. Tom Collina , policy director:

    Even if they don't want to get into a nuclear conflict, they could by accident or miscalculation, in the fog of war, things can happen that no one ever wanted to happen.


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