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Meaning of “happen” - Learner’s Dictionary

happen

verb [I]     /ˈhæpən/
EXIST
A2 If an event or situation happens, it exists or starts to be done, usually by chance: Were you anywhere nearby when the accident happened? We can't let a mistake like this happen again.Occurring and happening
RESULT
A2 to be the result of an action, situation, or event that someone or something experiences: Did you hear what happened to Jamie last night? What happens if we can't get enough tickets?Occurring and happening
happen to do sth
to do something by chance: If you happen to see Peter, say "hi" for me. You don't happen to know her phone number, do you?Chance and randomness
as it happens; it so happens
something that you say in order to introduce a surprising fact: As it happens, her birthday is the day after mine.Chance and randomness
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