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Synonyms for happening

  • accident
  • adventure
  • circumstance
  • incident
  • milestone
  • phenomenon
  • proceeding
  • affair
  • case
  • chance
  • episode
  • event
  • experience
  • go
  • occasion
  • scene
  • thing
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Antonyms for happening

  • method
  • plan
  • system
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAPPENING

What might not be happening to Corney, she thought, while she was on the way to his rescue!

Sidney's heart, considering what was happening to it, behaved very well.

Linda could not tell what was happening from the murmur of voices.

As soon as Lloyd began to realize what was happening, her face grew radiant.

Comrade Ossipon had no settled conception now of what was happening to him.

It would be a wonder if I didn't love her myself before I knew what was happening.

The public, unaware of what was happening, wanted me to appear again and bow.

And now let us see what befell Little John while these things were happening.

Meredith knew what was happening there, and he began to be a little excited.

Old Martin happening to turn his head, saluted him affectionately.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "chance, luck," from present participle of happen; meaning "occurrence" is 1550s. Sense of "spontaneous event or display" is from 1959 in the argot of artists. Happenings "events" was noted by Fowler as a vogue word from c.1905.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HAPPENING

accident

nounchance event
  • adventure
  • circumstance
  • contingency
  • fate
  • fluke
  • fortuity
  • fortune
  • happening
  • luck
  • occasion
  • occurrence
  • turn
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