Synonyms of happen in English:


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1‘she could not explain how the accident happened’


occur, take place, come about, come off, come into being

ensue, result, transpire, materialize, arise, be, crop up, come up, fall out, pan out, turn out, follow, develop, emerge, surface, present itself, supervene

North American informal go down

literary come to pass, betide, chance

rare eventuate, hap

2‘I wonder what happened to Susie?’


become of, be the fate of, be the lot of, overtake, be visited on

literary befall, betide

3‘they happened to be in London when the news was received’


chance, have the bad fortune, have the good fortune, have the ill fortune, have the bad luck, have the good luck, have the ill luck, be someone's fortune, be someone's misfortune

4‘he happened on a linnet's nest’


discover unexpectedly, find unexpectedly, find by chance, chance on, stumble on, hit on, light on, come on, come across, run across, blunder on, unearth, uncover, locate, bring to light

meet by chance, run into, encounter

informal bump into, dig up

archaic run against