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British English: /ˈhap(ə)n/
American English: /ˈhæpən/

Translation of happen in Arabic:

intransitive verb/فعل غير متعد

  • 1
    (to take place) (accident, event)
    what's happening?

    ماذا يَحْدُثُ؟
    how/when did it happen?

    كيف \ مَتى حَصَلَ هذا؟
    we must make sure this never happens again

    يَجِبُ أنْ نَتَأَكَّدَ أنّ هذا لن يَحْدُثَ مَرّةً أُخْرى
    a strange thing happened today

    حَدَثَ شَيْءٌ غَريبٌ اليَوْمَ
    these things happen

    هذه الأُمورُ تَحْدُثُ
    whatever happens, don't answer

    مَهْما حَدَثَ، لا تَرُدَّ
    she's the sort of person who makes things happen

    هي من ذلك النَوْعِ من البَشَرِ الّذي يَسْتَطيعُ أنْ يَصْنَعَ النَجاحَ
  • 2 (to chance) to happen to do something

    فَعَلَ شَيْئاً صُدْفةً
    if you happen to see her, say hello

    إذا صادَفَ وَرَأَيْتَها، فَبَلِّغْها سَلامي
    it so happens that he's my son

    في الواقِعِ هو ابْني
    you wouldn't happen to have a screwdriver, would you?

    هل أَجِدُ مَعَكَ مِفَكًّا؟
    as it happened, the meeting ended early

    في الواقِعِ انْتَهى الاجْتِماعُ مُبَكِّراً
  • 3 (to befall)to happen to somebody

    حَدَثَ لِشَخْصٍ
    if anything happens to her, I shall never forgive myself

    إذا حَدَثَ لَها أَيُّ شَيْءٍ، فَلَنْ أُسامِحَ نَفْسي أَبَداً
  • 4 (to become of) what will happen to the children?

    ماذا سَيَكونُ مَصيرُ الأَوْلادِ؟
  • 5 [formal] (emphatic use) I happen to know that it's true

    أَعْلَمُ يَقيناً أَنَّهُ صَحيحٌ

Phrasal verbs

happen on

happen upon
happen on [something/somebody]

وَجَدَ [شَيْئاً \ شَخْصاً] بِمَحْضِ الصُدْفةِ (a website, restaurant)

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