happen+upon

  • 1 happen upon — index find (discover) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 happen upon — phrasal verb happen on or happen upon [transitive] Word forms happen on : present tense I/you/we/they happen on he/she/it happens on present participle happening on past tense happened on past participle happened on old fashioned happen on… …

    English dictionary

  • 3 happen upon — happen (up)on (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To find or meet by chance: bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, light on (or upon), run across, run into, stumble on (or upon), tumble on. Archaic: alight on (or upon).… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 4 happen\ upon — • happen (up)on v literary To meet or find accidentally or by chance. The Girl Scouts happened on a charming little brook not far from the camp. At the convention I happened upon an old friend I had not seen for years. Syn.: chance on, come… …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 5 happen upon — verb find unexpectedly (Freq. 1) the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb she struck a goldmine The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake • Syn: ↑fall upon, ↑strike, ↑come upon, ↑ …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 6 happen upon — Synonyms and related words: alight upon, blunder upon, bump into, chance upon, come across, come on, come up against, come upon, discover serendipitously, encounter, fall in with, hit upon, light upon, meet up with, meet with, run across, run… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 7 happen — [hap′ən] vi. [ME happenen: see HAP1 & EN] 1. to take place; occur; befall 2. to be or occur by chance or without plan [it happened to rain] 3. to have the luck or occasion; chance [I happened to see it] …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 happen — verb (I) 1 if an event or situation happens, it exists and continues for a period of time, especially without being planned first: The accident happened early on Tuesday morning. | No one knew who had fired the gun it all happened so quickly. |… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 happen on — phrasal verb happen on or happen upon [transitive] Word forms happen on : present tense I/you/we/they happen on he/she/it happens on present participle happening on past tense happened on past participle happened on old fashioned happen on… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 happen on — or[happen upon] {v.}, {literary} To meet or find accidentally or by chance. * /The Girl Scouts happened on a charming little brook not far from the camp./ * /At the convention I happened upon an old friend I had not seen for years./ Syn.: CHANCE… …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 11 happen on — or[happen upon] {v.}, {literary} To meet or find accidentally or by chance. * /The Girl Scouts happened on a charming little brook not far from the camp./ * /At the convention I happened upon an old friend I had not seen for years./ Syn.: CHANCE… …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 12 happen — vb Happen, chance, occur, befall, betide, transpire are comparable when they mean to come to pass or to come about. Happen is the ordinary and general term and may imply either obvious causation or seeming accident, either design or an absence of …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 13 happen on/upon — [phrasal verb] happen on/upon (someone or something) literary + old fashioned : to find or meet (someone or something) by chance She happened on a little cottage in the woods. I happened upon them at the grocery store. • • • Main Entry: ↑happen …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 14 happen on — happen (up)on (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To find or meet by chance: bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, light on (or upon), run across, run into, stumble on (or upon), tumble on. Archaic: alight on (or upon).… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 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. [1913 Webster] There shall no evil… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 16 happen\ on — • happen (up)on v literary To meet or find accidentally or by chance. The Girl Scouts happened on a charming little brook not far from the camp. At the convention I happened upon an old friend I had not seen for years. Syn.: chance on, come… …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 17 happen — [v] come to pass; occur appear, arise, arrive, become a fact, become known, become of, befall, be found, betide, bump, chance, come about, come after, come into being, come into existence, come off, crop up*, develop, down, ensue, eventuate, fall …

    New thesaurus

  • 18 happen — hap|pen W1S1 [ˈhæpən] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: hap ( HAPPY)] 1.) when something happens, there is an event, especially one that is not planned = ↑occur ▪ When did the accident happen? ▪ It s impossible to predict what will happen next.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 happen — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. befall, eventuate, occur. See chance, occurrence. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To be by chance] Syn. come up, come about, turn up, crop up, chance, stumble upon, light upon, occur unexpectedly, come face to …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 happen — verb 1) remember what happened last time he was here Syn: occur, take place, come about; ensue, result, transpire, materialize, arise, crop up, come up, present itself, supervene; informal go down; formal eventuate; literary come to pass, betide… …

    Thesaurus of popular words


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