Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAPPENED

When the soul was again led into the body, it related all that had happened to it.

I am sure the injury you speak of could not have happened when he was in charge.

I can't conceive how such damage could have happened to the boat.

But the damage would not have happened if Will had not lent the boat to me.

No, I couldn't help it, but still it wouldn't have happened if it had not been in my charge.

This is what had happened to the word during the course of many centuries.

Such of the sailors as happened to be on deck shared his feelings.

The next day's newspaper brought tidings of what had happened.

Often it happened that certain farmers could not pay their tax.

Hope asked no questions, and hardly felt the impulse to inquire what had happened.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to come to pass, occur," originally "occur by hap, to have the (good or bad) fortune (to do, be, etc.);" see hap (n.). Replaced Old English gelimpan, gesceon, and Middle English befall. In Middle English fel it hap meant "it happened." Related: Happened; happening.