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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 informal go down
    literary come to pass, betide, chance
    rare eventuate, hap
  • 2 I wonder what happened to Susie?
    become of, be the fate of, be the lot of, overtake, be visited on
    literary befall, 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
    informal bump into, dig up
    archaic run against
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