happen

Definitions

  • Toul(?) sector days--Waiting for something to happen--
    Toul(?) sector days--Waiting for something to happen--
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v happen come to pass "What is happening?","The meeting took place off without an incidence","Nothing occurred that seemed important"
    • v happen come into being; become reality "Her dream really materialized"
    • v happen 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)"
    • v happen 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"
    • v happen chance to be or do something, without intention or causation "I happen to have just what you need!"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE ITALIAN WAS SO HORRIFIED AND DISMAYED TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HE FORGOT WHAT LITTLE ENGLISH HE KNEW THE ITALIAN WAS SO HORRIFIED AND DISMAYED TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HE FORGOT WHAT LITTLE ENGLISH HE KNEW
BABY COULD NOT MAKE OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED BABY COULD NOT MAKE OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most deadly fires that occur in the home happen between 6pm and 10pm
    • Happen To come by chance; to come without previous expectation; to fall out. "There shall no evil happen to the just."
    • Happen To take place; to occur. "All these things which had happened ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Man O' War lost only one race in his career. It happened in 1919 to a horse named Upset.
    • happen To occur by chance; occur unexpectedly or unaccountably; in general, to occur; take place.
    • happen To chance; be by chance or unexpectedly: as, he happened to be at home.
    • happen Possibly; perhaps.
    • happen Fortunate; happy; blessed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The last thing to happen is the ultimate. The next-to-last is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.
    • v.i Happen to fall out: to take place: to chance to be
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Quotations

  • Joe Greene
    Joe Greene
    “You have to make it happen.”
  • Epictetus
    Epictetus
    “It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
  • Lou Holtz
    Lou%20Holtz
    “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
  • Louis L. Mann
    Louis L. Mann
    “What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.”
  • Johnson
    Johnson
    “If what happens does not make us richer, we must welcome it if it makes us wiser.”

Idioms

Accident waiting to happen - If something is an accident waiting to happen, there's definitely going to be an accident or it's bound to go wrong. ('Disaster waiting to happen' is also used.)
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Worse things happen at sea - This idiomatic expression is used as a way of telling someone not to worry so much about their problems.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. happenen, hapnen,. See Hap to happen
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. happ, good luck.

Usage

In literature:

He guessed what had happened, and his heart was troubled.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
You'd never believe what has happened to that poor child, Patricia Moore, whom I "starred" in my ship's letter to you.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
It happened that the King's son gave a ball, and invited all persons of fashion to it.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Gawd, Cardigan, what funny things happen!
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
It has all happened several times before, and, therefore, will no doubt happen again.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Whatever was happening at the scene of the meeting had begun to happen at one o'clock.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Ye say 'This'll happen ye, and That'll happen ye,' an' ye care the divil an' all about it.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
I think nothing has happened but what must happen.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
Do you want to know why all this would happen?
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
One day it happened that there was a theatrical performance given outside the village.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
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In poetry:

Then the day will come
when what happened to you
will happen to me, too, Samet.
"To Samet Vurgun" by Nazim Hikmet
Sam saw in a flash what 'ad happened:
By an unprecedented mishap.
The pudding his mother had sent him,
Had blown Badajoz off map.
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
needed. I said, he is dead, and he
went as you shifted
and woke, at first afraid,
then knew by my own knowing
what had happened -
"The World" by Robert Creeley
I thought it only happened so;
But Time this truth has taught me—
No least thing from my life can go,
But something else is brought me.
"Recompense" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Years have rolled on since that happened,
Time soothed the widow's pain.
One morning she met a plumber
And the girl's mother married again.
"Nell" by Billy Bennett
L was a wary old Lynx
Who would say,--"Do you know wot I thinks?--
I thinks ef you happen
To ketch me a-nappin'
I'm ready to set up the drinks!"
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Only when it happens to a celebrity does the public notice, but it happens all the time.
It happened near Houston in June 2001 with Andrea Yates and it seems to have happened again near Tyler with Deanna Lajune Laney .
It could happen, but what definitely has happened is that Clinton has killed her own chances of being vice president.
FAIRBANKS — In his first season of NCAA Division I hockey, Tyler Morley has made things happen rather than waiting for them to happen.
Just as there are a lot of new things happening on the exterior of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Schools, there are new and exciting things happening within the brick exterior of the schools as well – at all levels.
When salacious details emerge about run-amok contractors, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture—the reason why these scandals keep happening and happening and happening.
That has not happened and, in the final sprint to the finish line, will not happen.
Years from now when whatever's going to happen in Pakistan has happened.
"It Happened One Night" will happen for one night only at the Palace Theatre.
What's happened has happened, you can't change the past.
It last happened 34 years ago, and it once happened with regularity: In the 1970s, there was a Triple Crown winner three times in a six-year span.
Don't pile on Cain just because anything that happens outside US borders evidently seems as if it happened on Mars to him.
Thirty just happens to be one of those ages, and it just so happens that Saturday was my 30th birthday.
Urban sprawl happens, and it seems to happen quickly.
We know what's happening over there, but it's something else entirely to actually see it as it is happening.
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In science:

It is interesting to consider what happens if one applies Fig. 5 to an unconditioned ensemble.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
These two equations are independent and it may happen that a representation can be found in which one of them is homogeneous and the other is not.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
An interesting question is what happens to the Rk if there is some phase transition so that ρ(0)/V vanishes.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
As we have seen in section 6 it happens on the algebraic subvariety Mr ⊂ M.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
The rupture of a pair can happen due to photon absorption by superconductor with the energy: Ɗ   F ࢤ E e  h p ࣈ 3kT c .
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
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