|1.||[ verb ] be a forerunner of or occur earlier than, as in|
|Synonyms:||take_place go_on pass come_about anticipate pass_off fall_out hap occur|
: "This composition anticipates Impressionism"
|Related terms:||come work turn_out proceed recur arise concur develop fall fall befall chance go_off anticipate break intervene synchronize give break supervene come_around transpire happening hap|
|2.||[ verb ] come to pass|
|Synonyms:||occur take_place go_on pass come_about pass_off hap|
"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
|Related terms:||come anticipate work proceed turn_out arise recur concur develop fall fall befall chance go_off break synchronize give supervene come_around transpire break|
|3.||[ verb ] happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance|
"It happens that today is my birthday" "These things befell" (Santayana)
|4.||[ verb ] chance to be or do something, without intention or causation|
: "I happen to have just what you need!"
|5.||[ verb ] come into being; become reality|
"Her dream really materialized"
|Related terms:||dematerialize anticipate appear offspring materialization materialisation|
|6.||[ verb ] come upon, as if by accident; meet with|
|Synonyms:||find encounter hit bump chance|
"We find this idea in Plato" "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here" "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
|Related terms:||discovery meeting|