verb (used without object), be·fell, be·fall·en, be·fall·ing.
verb (used with object), be·fell, be·fall·en, be·fall·ing.
Origin of befall
Examples from the Web for befall
There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Information about the neurologic and psychological changes that may befall young TBI victims is scarce.Study Says Half of Jailed NYC Teens Have History of Brain Injury|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad|April 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her daily missives chronicle the longing and insecurity that often befall long-distance relationships and eventual breakups.
FERC also needs to have sufficient power to deal with a national emergency that might befall the entire bulk electricity system.
The most frivolous disaster which could befall himself would occasion a more real disturbance.
Had I known all that must befall me, before my eyes beheld that scene again, I think indeed that it would have burst.Montezuma's Daughter|H. Rider Haggard
He had tried to move, but could not, and he waited calmly what fate might befall him.Gerald Fitzgerald|Charles James Lever
The cigarettes were to keep up his courage in the face of whatever disaster might befall him.Life in a Tank|Richard Haigh
Thou must depart from this place; for it is perilous to thee, and if thou stayest here, ill will befall thee.The Lancashire Witches|William Harrison Ainsworth
Whatever may befall me, I feel that my fellow-citizens of Indiana have crowned me and made me forever their debtor.Speeches of Benjamin Harrison|Benjamin Harrison
verb -falls, -falling, -fell or -fallen archaic, or literary
Word Origin for befall
Old English befeallan "to deprive of; fall to, be assigned to; befall," from be- "by, about" + feallan (see fall). Cf. Old Frisian bifalla, Old Saxon, Old High German bifallan, German befallen. Related: Befell; befalling.