verb (used without object), be·fell, be·fall·en, be·fall·ing.
verb (used with object), be·fell, be·fall·en, be·fall·ing.
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
British Dictionary definitions for befall
verb -falls, -falling, -fell or -fallen archaic, or literary
Word Origin for befall
Word Origin and History 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.