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befall

[ bih-fawl ]
/ b瑟藞f蓴l /
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verb (used without object), be路fell, be路fall路en, be路fall路ing.
to happen or occur.
Archaic. to come, as by right.
verb (used with object), be路fell, be路fall路en, be路fall路ing.
to happen to, especially by chance or fate.
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Origin of befall

before 900; Middle English befallen,Old English befeallan.See be-, fall (v.)
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British Dictionary definitions for befall

befall
/ (b瑟藞f蓴藧l) /

verb -falls, -falling, -fell or -fallen archaic, or literary
(intr) to take place; come to pass
(tr) to happen to
(intr usually foll by to) to be due, as by right

Word Origin for befall

Old English befeallan; related to Old High German bifallan, Dutch bevallen; see be-, fall
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