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verb [intransitive] happen pronunciation in British English /ˈhæpən/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehappening
past tensehappened
past participlehappened
  1. to take place, usually without being planned
    The accident happened at 4.30 pm yesterday.
    He seemed to be unaware of what was happening around him.
    What happens if I press this button?
    see what happens: Let’s just wait and see what happens.


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