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Synonyms

happen

verb

to take place, usually without being planned

come about

to happen, especially by chance

occur

verb

to happen, especially unexpectedly

go on

to happen

arrive

verb

to happen, take place, or begin to exist

pass

verb

to happen, or to be allowed to happen

unfold

verb

to happen, or to develop

transpire

verb

formal to happen

take place

to happen

come to pass

to happen

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befall

verb

literary if something unpleasant befalls you, it happens to you

come

verb

to happen

come off

to happen

come someone’s way

if something comes your way, it happens to you, or it becomes available

come true

if something that you have hoped for or expected comes true, it really happens

come up

if a problem comes up, it happens and needs to be dealt with immediately

crop up

to happen suddenly or unexpectedly

fall

verb

to happen on a particular day or date

follow

verb

to happen according to a particular pattern or course

go ahead

to happen

go down

mainly Americaninformal to happen

happen to

if something happens to you, an event or action takes place which affects you

pass by

if something passes you by, you are not able to take advantage of the opportunities it offers

rebound

verb

if something bad that you try to do to someone rebounds on you, it harms you instead of them

see

verb

if a place or a period of time sees an event, the event happens in that place or during that time

there is/are etc

used for saying that someone or something exists or that something happens

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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