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Synonyms of happen in English:


  • 1 she could not explain how the accident happened this is what happens when the mechanism goes wrong
    occur, take place, come about, come off, come into being;
    ensue, result, transpire, materialize, arise, be, crop up, come up, fall out, pan out, turn out, follow, develop, emerge, surface, present itself, supervene
    North American informalgo down
    literarycome to pass, betide, chance
  • 2 I wonder what happened to Susie?
    become of, be the fate of, be the lot of, overtake, be visited on
    literarybefall, betide
  • 3 they happened to be in London when the news was received
    chance, have the good/bad/ill fortune, have the good/bad/ill luck, be someone's fortune/misfortune
  • 4 he happened on a linnet's nest
    discover unexpectedly, find unexpectedly, find by chance, chance on, stumble on, hit on, light on, come on, come across, run across, blunder on, unearth, uncover, locate, bring to light;
    meet by chance, run into, encounter
    informalbump into, dig up
    archaicrun against
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