[syn: find, happen, chance, bump, encounter]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Happen \Hap"pen\ (h[a^]p"p'n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Happened
(-p'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Happening.] [OE. happenen, hapnen.
See Hap to happen.]
1. To come by chance; to come without previous expectation;
to fall out.
There shall no evil happen to the just. --Prov. xii.
2. To take place; to occur.
All these things which had happened. --Luke xxiv.
To happen on, to meet with; to fall or light upon. "I have
happened on some other accounts." --Graunt.
To happen in, to make a casual call. [Colloq.]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
54 Moby Thesaurus words for "happen":
be found, be met with, be realized, bechance, become of, befall,
betide, break, bump, chance, come, come about, come along,
come down, come off, come to pass, come true, come upon, cook,
develop, do, encounter, eventuate, fall, fall out, find, give, go,
go off, go on, hap, happen along, happen by chance, hazard, hit,
light, luck, materialize, meet, meet with, occur, pass, pass off,
pop up, prove, rise, stumble, stumble on, stumble upon, take place,
transpire, tumble, turn out, turn up