happen to sth


happen to sth
happen to sb/sth
to affect someone or something in a way that changes something: »

Everywhere I go people are becoming more and more depressed by what is happening to their savings.

Main Entry: happen

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • happen — UK US /ˈhæpən/ verb [I] ► to exist or begin to exist because of an action, situation, or event: » The one course of events no one anticipated was the one that happened: a long period of stagnation that threatened the assumptions of the European… …   Financial and business terms

  • happen on something — ˈhappen on sth derived (old fashioned) to find sth by chance Main entry: ↑happenderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • happen — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun Happen is used after these nouns: ↑break in {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} verb ADVERB ▪ actually, really ▪ She couldn t quite believe that all this was actually happening to her. ▪ jus …   Collocations dictionary

  • happen to sb/sth — ► to affect someone or something in a way that changes something: »Everywhere I go people are becoming more and more depressed by what is happening to their savings. Main Entry: ↑happen …   Financial and business terms

  • happen to somebody — ˈhappen to sb/sth derived to have an effect on sb/sth • I hope nothing (= nothing unpleasant) has happened to them. • It s the best thing that has ever happened to me. • What s happened to your car? …   Useful english dictionary

  • happen to something — ˈhappen to sb/sth derived to have an effect on sb/sth • I hope nothing (= nothing unpleasant) has happened to them. • It s the best thing that has ever happened to me. • What s happened to your car? …   Useful english dictionary

  • happen to sb — happen to sb/sth ► to affect someone or something in a way that changes something: »Everywhere I go people are becoming more and more depressed by what is happening to their savings. Main Entry: ↑happen …   Financial and business terms

  • 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

  • happen*/*/*/ — [ˈhæpən] verb to take place, usually without being planned Syn: occur The accident happened at 4.30 pm yesterday.[/ex] He seemed to be unaware of what was happening around him.[/ex] What happens if I press this button?[/ex] Let s just wait and… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English