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It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Muhammad Ali

Meaning of "happen" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD HAPPEN

See hap1, -en1.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF HAPPEN

happen  [ˈhæpən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HAPPEN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Happen is a verb and can also act as an adverb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb happen in English.



The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES HAPPEN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of happen in the English dictionary

The first definition of happen in the dictionary is to come about or take place; occur. Other definition of happen is foll by to, to fall to the lot ; be a source of good or bad fortune. Happen is also to chance.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO HAPPEN

PRESENT

Present
I happen
you happen
he/she/it happens
we happen
you happen
they happen
Present continuous
I am happening
you are happening
he/she/it is happening
we are happening
you are happening
they are happening
Present perfect
I have happened
you have happened
he/she/it has happened
we have happened
you have happened
they have happened
Present perfect continuous
I have been happening
you have been happening
he/she/it has been happening
we have been happening
you have been happening
they have been happening
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I happened
you happened
he/she/it happened
we happened
you happened
they happened
Past continuous
I was happening
you were happening
he/she/it was happening
we were happening
you were happening
they were happening
Past perfect
I had happened
you had happened
he/she/it had happened
we had happened
you had happened
they had happened
Past perfect continuous
I had been happening
you had been happening
he/she/it had been happening
we had been happening
you had been happening
they had been happening
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will happen
you will happen
he/she/it will happen
we will happen
you will happen
they will happen
Future continuous
I will be happening
you will be happening
he/she/it will be happening
we will be happening
you will be happening
they will be happening
Future perfect
I will have happened
you will have happened
he/she/it will have happened
we will have happened
you will have happened
they will have happened
Future perfect continuous
I will have been happening
you will have been happening
he/she/it will have been happening
we will have been happening
you will have been happening
they will have been happening
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would happen
you would happen
he/she/it would happen
we would happen
you would happen
they would happen
Conditional continuous
I would be happening
you would be happening
he/she/it would be happening
we would be happening
you would be happening
they would be happening
Conditional perfect
I would have happen
you would have happen
he/she/it would have happen
we would have happen
you would have happen
they would have happen
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been happening
you would have been happening
he/she/it would have been happening
we would have been happening
you would have been happening
they would have been happening
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you happen
we let´s happen
you happen
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to happen
Past participle
happened
Present Participle
happening
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HAPPEN


aspen
ˈæspən
behappen
bɪˈhæpən
cheapen
ˈtʃiːpən
copen
ˈkəʊpən
dampen
ˈdæmpən
deepen
ˈdiːpən
Harappan
həˈræpən
lippen
ˈlɪpən
mishappen
ˌmɪsˈhæpən
open
ˈəʊpən
rappen
ˈræpən
reopen
riːˈəʊpən
Ripon
ˈrɪpən
saucepan
ˈsɔːspən
sharpen
ˈʃɑːpən
tampan
ˈtæmpən
tapen
ˈteɪpən
tarpon
ˈtɑːpən
weapon
ˈwɛpən
yaupon
ˈjɔːpən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HAPPEN

happed
happen by
happen on
happenchance
happening
happenstance
happier
happiest
happily
happiness
happing
happoshu
happy
happy as a sandboy
happy as Larry
happy camper
happy clapper
happy couple
happy event
happy families

WORDS THAT END LIKE HAPPEN

Antwerpen
ballpoint pen
bullpen
come into the open
Crippen
drawing pen
fountain pen
hippen
keep an eye open
light pen
luppen
mislippen
pen
shippen
the open
the pen
unheppen
wide open
wide-open
wippen

Synonyms and antonyms of happen in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HAPPEN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «happen» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of happen

Translation of «happen» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HAPPEN

Find out the translation of happen to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of happen from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «happen» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

发生
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ocurrir
570 millions of speakers

English

happen
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हो
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَحْدُثُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

случаться
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

acontecer
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঘটা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

se passer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berlaku
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

geschehen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

起こる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

일어나다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kelakon
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

xảy ra
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நடக்கும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

घडले
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

olmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

accadere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zdarzyć się
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

траплятися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a se întâmpla
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

συμβαίνω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gebeur
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

hända
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hende
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of happen

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HAPPEN»

The term «happen» is very widely used and occupies the 2.081 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HAPPEN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about happen

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10 QUOTES WITH «HAPPEN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word happen.
1
Muhammad Ali
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
2
Will Arnett
But as a result of that, there was, once the show ended, there was this talk for sort of four, five months about what was going to happen, and if we were going to move to Showtime, and if we were going to be bought by ABC or whatever.
3
J. L. Austin
Going back into the history of a word, very often into Latin, we come back pretty commonly to pictures or models of how things happen or are done.
4
Enid Bagnold
If a dog doesn't put you first where are you both? In what relation? A dog needs God. It lives by your glances, your wishes. It even shares your humor. This happens about the fifth year. If it doesn't happen you are only keeping an animal.
5
Ewen Bremner
If I'm not working, I have home time with my family, and if I spend that stressing what's going to happen next, then it's a waste. I have a lot to be thankful for.
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Mehcad Brooks
Time heals everything. Time corrects everything. Time is the solution to every problem, I believe. A lot of things can happen with time. All that has to be there is the intention.
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Emily Browning
I tend to over-analyse things. I'm not the type of person to flip a coin and let things happen.
8
Gro Harlem Brundtland
I have seen this happen in recent years with regard to pharmaceuticals and vaccines, where, working together, we are improving access to medicines and vaccines for infectious diseases in the poorest countries.
9
Carol Burnett
I'm glad I was born when I was. My time was the golden age of variety. If I were starting out again now, maybe things would happen for me, but it certainly would not be on a variety show with 28 musicians, 12 dancers, two major guest stars, 50 costumes a week by Bob Mackie. The networks just wouldn't spend the money today.
10
Deb Caletti
All of my books come from something that I happen to be working out at a given point in my life. It's kind of self-therapy.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HAPPEN»

Discover the use of happen in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to happen and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision ...
Implementing your ideas is a skill that can be taught, and Belshy distills the core principles in this book.
Scott Belsky, 2011
2
Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the men who blew up ...
Based on more than 80 interviews and with access to diaries and papers kept by those at the heart of the meltdown, this is the definitive account of the RBS disaster, a disaster which still casts such a shadow over our economy.
Iain Martin, 2013
3
Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of ...
In Miracles Happen, Weiss, along with his daughter, Amy, shares these remarkable real-life stories to reveal how past-life regression holds the keys to our spiritual purpose.
Brian L. Weiss, Amy E. Weiss, 2012
4
What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to ...
The globe is warming! or The globe is not warming. We're the ones doing it! or It's a natural cycle. It's gonna be a catastrophe! or It'll be harmless. This is the biggest threat to humankind! or This is the biggest hoax in history.
Greg Craven, 2009
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When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Since its original publication in 1981, When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions of readers and its author has become a nationally known spiritual leader. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Harold S. Kushner, 2007
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Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management
Topics in this new edition include: How to make things happen Making good decisions Specifications and requirements Ideas and what to do with them How not to annoy people Leadership and trust The truth about making dates What to do when ...
Scott Berkun, 2008
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Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself ...
Hope is also a leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business. With Making Hope Happen you can measure your level of hope and learn how to create and share it.
Shane J. Lopez, 2013
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How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth about how ...
Dispelling the myth that innovation is invention & revolution, this text argues that innovators past & present have employed a strategy of technology brokering to source, develop & exploit new ideas.
Andrew Hargadon, 2003
9
Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want - And ...
In WRITE IT DOWN, MAKE IT HAPPEN, Henriette Anne Klauser shows you how to write your own lifescript. Simply writing down your goals in life is the first step towards achieving them.
Henriette Anne Klauser, 2012
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Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success
" As he outlines his philosophy, Liles shares how he put his principles to work, chronicling his journey to the top and the stories of others -- executives, artists, mentors and friends -- he has worked with along the way.
Kevin Liles, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HAPPEN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term happen is used in the context of the following news items.
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Here's what will happen if Iran cheats on the nuclear deal - Vox
First what would happen, almost inevitably, is that international inspectors would catch Iran. There are any number of points in the process ... «Vox, Jul 15»
2
Home-and-Home College Football Series That Need to Happen
Texas and Texas A&M haven't met since 2011, and have no plans to do so again anytime in the future. This is one of several notable ... «Bleacher Report, Jul 15»
3
Greek debt-deal timeline: What has to happen next - MarketWatch
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, center, ... «MarketWatch, Jul 15»
4
Odds Are Something Odd Will Happen to Jordan Spieth - ABC News
And the three players who tried happen to be the three biggest names in golf over the last half-century. But it's more than a ball that bounces left ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
5
What would happen if you strapped a GoPro to a Jedi - Mashable
If Jedi had access to GoPros, there would pretty much never be a need for video games ever again because we could all live vicariously ... «Mashable, Jul 15»
6
Courtney Love on aging: 'Let it happen and accept it' | Page Six
“To me, aging gracefully is to let it happen and accept it. In my experience, fighting it always seems to backfire and make people look ridiculous ... «Page Six, Jul 15»
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Robert Mathis to Colts: 'Let 2006 happen again' - NFL.com
"Let (Super Bowl season) 2006 happen again," Mathis told his teammates during their final minicamp practice, per the Colts' website. He was ... «NFL.com, Jul 15»
8
Obama's calling for sentencing reform: Will it happen? - The …
As President Obama prepares to make the case Tuesday afternoon for overhauling the nation's criminal justice system, bipartisan legislation in ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
9
With religious affiliation on the decline, what should happen to …
But beyond the celebrity factor, this story highlights an important question about the future of religion: What should happen to hallowed ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
10
Two U.S. teams on the F1 grid in 2016? It could happen | Formula 1 …
Promoter Tavo Hellmund and financier James Carney head US-based investment group looking to buy a Formula 1 team. There's a good ... «Motorsport.com, Jul 15»

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