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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
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