Definition of hap in English:


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[mass noun]
1Luck; fortune: if you have the good hap to come into their houses
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  • And yes, we got ourselves kidnapped by a bunch of off-duty and retired soldiers who were enjoying a Friday beating up hapless journalists (and boy, were we showing no hap at all) far too much.
  • Notice that in this case we will have a violation of the doctrine of determinism, and indeed determinism might be expressed simply as the thesis that nothing ever occurs by mere hap.
  • When an event occurs by mere hap, there is an element of randomness in its coming about; it might not have occurred, even if all of the conditions relevant to its production had been the same.
1.1 [count noun] A chance occurrence, especially an event that is considered unlucky: I entertained the Company with the many Haps and Disasters
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  • Happen gives us take place, arrive, come, recur; hap generates chance, accident, hazard, event.
  • Whether he makes a lame attempt for a steal or a weak effort at a double-team hap, the result is usually an easy basket for an opponent.

verb (haps, happing, happed)

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1Come about by chance: what can hap to him worthy to be deemed evil?
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  • He said: ‘It was, without a doubt, the best thing that happed to the club.’
  • The weirdest thing happed to me a few days ago.
  • In the case of the policeman who is suing for being put back on the beat, he described an incident where he happed upon the scene of a road accident and was too scared to go and help.
1.1 [with infinitive] Have the fortune or luck to do something: where’er I happ’d to roam


Middle English: from Old Norse happ.

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