W1S1 [ˈhæpən] v
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: hap ( HAPPY)]
1.) when something happens, there is an event, especially one that is not planned
= ↑occur
When did the accident happen?
It's impossible to predict what will happen next.
sth/nothing/anything happens
Something terrible has happened.
She carried on as if nothing had happened.
This was bound to happen sooner or later.
This kind of thing happens all the time .
We'll still be friends, whatever happens .
2.) sth/anything/what happens to sb/sth
if something happens to someone or something, they are affected by an event
He should be here by now - something must have happened to him.
The same thing happened to me last year.
What's happened to your coat? It's all ripped.
What will happen to the collection now?
3.) happen to do sth
if you happen to do something, you do it by chance
I happened to see James in town.
4.) sb/sth happens to be sth
used when telling someone something in an angry way
This happens to be my house!
5.) as it happens/it just so happens
used to tell someone something that is surprising, interesting, or useful
As it happens, I know someone who might be able to help you.
6.) these things happen
used to tell someone not to worry about a mistake they have made, an accident they have caused etc
It's not your fault - these things happen.
7.) whatever happened to sb/sth?
used to ask where a person or thing is now
Whatever happened to Steve? I haven't seen him for years.
accidents (will) happen [i]ataccident
happen on/upon / [happen on/upon sb/sth] phr v
to find something or meet someone by chance
I happened on the restaurant by chance.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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