happenverb [I]uk /ˈhæp.ən/ us /ˈhæp.ən/
happen verb [I] (HAVE EXISTENCE)
- It is frightening to think what might happen if she left him.
- I cannot predict what will happen next year.
- I could tell from her expression that something serious had happened.
- The police showed him a photo to try to jog his memory about what had happened on the night of the robbery.
- "Do you remember much about the accident?" "No, it all happened so suddenly."
happen verb [I] (CHANCE)
- On Sundays I just wear any old thing that I happen to find lying around.
- Did she happen to mention whether she would be coming?
- I just happened to be walking past when he came out of the shop.
- Jack happens to be a cousin of mine, so I'll introduce you to him.
- Do you happen to know what time the next bus is due?
- as luck would have it idiom
- be the luck of the draw idiom
- more by accident than design idiom
- more by luck than judgment idiom
- one in a million idiom
- postcode lottery
- pot luck
- stumble into sth
happenadverbuk /ˈhæp.ən/ us /ˈhæp.ən/ UK Northern English