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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
hap•pen•ing /ˈhæpənɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an occurrence or event, esp. one considered important:an important happening that affected everyone.
See -hap-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hap•pen•ing  (hapə ning),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. something that happens;
    occurrence;
    event.
  2. an unconventional dramatic or artistically orchestrated performance, often a series of discontinuous events involving audience participation.
  3. any event considered worthwhile, unusual, or interesting.
  • 1545–55; 1965–70 for def. 2; happen + -ing1
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . incident, episode, instance, affair, case.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
happening /ˈhæpənɪŋ; ˈhæpnɪŋ/ n
  1. an occurrence; event
  2. an improvised or spontaneous display or performance consisting of bizarre and haphazard events
adj
  1. informal fashionable and up-to-the-minute
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
hap•pen /ˈhæpən/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to take place;
    come to pass;
    occur:[no object]What happened after the accident?
  2. to come to pass by chance:[not: be + ~-ing;  It + ~ + (that) clause]It just happened that a policeman was nearby.
  3. to have the fortune or luck (to do something):[not: be + ~-ing;  ~ + to + verb]happened to see him there.
  4. to damage or be damaging to (a person or thing):[+ to + object]Nothing happened to her.
  5. to meet, find, or discover by chance:[+ on/upon + object]to happen upon a clue to a mystery.
  6. to be, come, go, etc., casually or by chance:[+ along]happened along just in time.
See -hap-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hap•pen  (hapən),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to take place;
    come to pass;
    occur:Something interesting is always happening in New York.
  2. to come to pass by chance;
    occur without apparent reason or design:Don't ask me what caused it--it just happened, that's all.
  3. to have the fortune or lot (to do or be as specified);
    chance:I happened to see him on the street.
  4. to befall, as to a person or thing:Something dreadful has happened to me.
  5. to meet or discover by chance (usually fol. by on or upon):to happen on a clue to a mystery.
  6. to be, come, go, etc., casually or by chance:My friend happened along.
  7. [Slang.]to be very exciting or interesting:That party was happening!
  • Middle English hap(pe)nen. See hap1, -en1 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged betide.
      Happen, chance, occur refer to the taking place of an event.
      Happen, which originally denoted the taking place by hap or chance, is now the most general word for coming to pass:Something has happened.Chance suggests the accidental nature of an event:It chanced to rain that day.Occur is often interchangeable with
      happen, but is more formal, and is usually more specific as to time and event:His death occurred the following year.

happen,0 +v.i. 
  • [Slang.]to be very exciting or interesting:That party was happening!

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    happen /ˈhæpən/ vb
    1. (intransitive) (of an event in time) to come about or take place; occur
    2. (intransitive) followed by to: (of some unforeseen circumstance or event, esp death), to fall to the lot (of); be a source of good or bad fortune (to): if anything happens to me, it'll be your fault
    3. (transitive) to chance (to be or do something): I happen to know him
    4. (tr; takes a clause as object) to be the case, esp if by chance, that: it happens that I know him
    adv , sentence substitute
    1. Northern English dialect
      another word for perhaps
    Etymology: 14th Century: see hap1, -en1
    USAGE
    occur

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    Collocations: the [local, town] happenings, [eerie, odd, strange, weird] happenings, [inexplicable, important, significant, trivial] happenings, more...

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