- 1Take place; occur: two hours had passed and still nothing had happened the accident happened at 7.40 a.m.More example sentences
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, superveneNorth American • informal go down
- The accident happened at the Namuang falls on the island of Koh Samui.
- Nobody wants an accident to happen but if the present chaos continues it is inevitable.
- Rather in keeping with the tenor of the match, one of the most significant developments happened by accident.
- 1.1Ensue as an effect or result of an action or event: this is what happens when the mechanism goes wrongMore example sentences
- This conversation mostly focused around what happens in the event of a verdict.
- There is a whole sequence of events that happens when those pilots take that landing gear handle and retract the landing gear.
- He said neither of the stars wished to be seen by their public behaving in an unrestrained manner, which is what happens at events such as weddings.
- 1.2 [with infinitive] Chance to do something or come about: we just happened to meet Paul there happens to be a clash of personalitiesMore example sentences
- I happen to be a swede myself!!
- Five accomplished Hispanic nurses who just happen to be guys talk about the special challenges they face and the unique strengths they bring to the table.
- I happen to be very good at what I do and I do work unpaid overtime or weekends, both when it's needed or when I just need to pretend that I'm a hard worker.
- 1.3 [with clause] Come about by chance: it just so happened that she turned up that afternoonMore example sentences
- It just so happened that two weeks ago I was in the Matamata New World.
- It just so happened that elocution lessons were scheduled for the two older girls for an hour that day.
- It happened that it was the first convent in Tubbercurry long before the Marist Convent was put into operation.
- 1.4 (happen on) Find or come across by chance: I happened on a street with a few modest restaurantsMore example sentences
- If he goes to sleep often enough in his hotel room, there is less chance of it happening on the pitch.
- And the chances of that happening on the Down Under tour have narrowed due to England's injury crisis.
- A van and four cars were involved in the smash which happened on the London-bound track at Boreham.
- 1.5 [with infinitive] Used as a polite formula in questions: do you happen to know who her doctor is?More example sentences
- Did anyone happen to see the alternate ending that is floating around the internet?
- Did anyone happen to see David Letterman the other night when he was playing "Psychic Salad"?
- By the way, did you happen to ask the Canadians what they thought of their country's health care system?
- 2 (happen to) Be experienced by (someone); befall: the same thing happened to meMore example sentences
- Has anyone else had anything like any of these experiences happen to them before?
- Courts and academics brush over what actually happens to such videos once they leave the sex shop.
- The most difficult decision facing the school must be over what happens to Anne Williams.
adverb[sentence adverb] Northern English Back to top
as it happens
- Actually; as a matter of fact: we’ve got a room vacant, as it happensMore example sentences
- The Potter books actually work for me better as films, as it happens.
- So this theory of who is the bad wolf was actually brought up on the other thread as it happens.
- I was, as it happens, offered herbal tea but no one lectured me when I plumped for the caffeine-loaded coffee option.