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[bih-chans, -chahns]
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verb (used with or without object), be·chanced, be·chanc·ing. Archaic.
  1. to befall.
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Origin of bechance

First recorded in 1520–30; from phrase by chance
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Related Words for bechance

materialize, transpire, ensue, develop, shake, action, break, go, chance, cook, follow, smoke, fall, hap, betide, happen, jell, occur, supervene, bechance

British Dictionary definitions for bechance


  1. (intr) archaic to happen (to)
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Word Origin and History for bechance


1520s, from be- + chance. Related: Bechanced; bechancing.

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