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1. Fortune; chance.
2. A happening; an occurrence.
intr.v. happed, hap·ping, haps
1. luck; chance
2. an occurrence
vb, haps, happing or happed
(intr) an archaic word for happen
[C13: from Old Norse happ good luck; related to Old English gehæplic convenient, Old Slavonic kobǔ fate]
to cover up; wrap up warmly
a covering of any kind
[C14: perhaps of Norse origin]
n., v. happed, hap•ping. n.
1. one's luck or lot.
2. an occurrence or accident.v.i.
3. to happen: if it so hap.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse happ luck, chance; akin to Old English gehæp fit, convenient]
Past participle: happed
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|Noun||1.||hap - an accidental happening; "he recorded all the little haps and mishaps of his life"|
|Verb||1.||hap - come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"|
recrudesce, develop, break - happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
result - come about or follow as a consequence; "nothing will result from this meeting"
intervene - occur between other event or between certain points of time; "the war intervened between the birth of her two children"
transpire - come about, happen, or occur; "Several important events transpired last week"
give - occur; "what gives?"
operate - happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
supervene - take place as an additional or unexpected development
come - come to pass; arrive, as in due course; "The first success came three days later"; "It came as a shock"; "Dawn comes early in June"
fall - occur at a specified time or place; "Christmas falls on a Monday this year"; "The accent falls on the first syllable"
anticipate - be a forerunner of or occur earlier than; "This composition anticipates Impressionism"
develop - be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The plot developed slowly";
bechance, befall, happen - 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)
bechance, befall, betide - become of; happen to; "He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?"
backfire, backlash, recoil - come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
chance - be the case by chance; "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"
break - happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
fall, shine, strike - touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly; "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"
turn out - prove to be in the result or end; "It turns out that he was right"
1. The quality shared by random, unintended, or unpredictable events or this quality regarded as the cause of such events: