Etymology
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befall (v.)

Old English befeallan "to deprive of; fall to, occur to, be assigned to," from be- "by, about" + feallan (see fall). Compare Old Frisian bifalla, Old Saxon, Old High German bifallan, German befallen. Intransitive sense of "to happen, come to pass" is from c. 1300. Related: Befell; befalling.

updated on April 26, 2017

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Definitions of befall from WordNet

befall (v.)
become of; happen to;
He promised that no harm would befall her
Synonyms: bechance / betide
befall (v.)
happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance; "These things befell" (Santayana);
Synonyms: happen / bechance
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