to happen or occur.
Archaic. to come, as by right.
to happen to, especially by chance or fate.
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How to use befall in a sentence
The Supreme Court ruled in 1958 that the NAACP did not have to comply with Alabama’s demand that it list its donors because of the danger that could befall donors if their names were disclosed.Supreme Court strikes down Calif. law requiring charities to disclose top donors to attorney general | Robert Barnes | July 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Save for a few fever checks and mask-wearing rules, Taiwan’s residents relished a life mostly sheltered from the heavy toll of lockdowns and isolation that befell the rest of the globe.Tech workers who flocked to Taiwan’s Covid-free haven are now fleeing | Leslie Nguyen-Okwu | June 3, 2021 | Quartz
Phelps was an executive producer on 2020 HBO documentary, Weight of Gold, which explored the mental health struggles that often befall Olympic athletes after the Games.
When John returns from his mission, tragedy befalls him in a plot point so egregiously manipulative you might be tempted to call this movie Tom Clancy’s Without Shame.Tom Clancy's Without Remorse Unapologetically Kicks Off a Bland New Franchise | Stephanie Zacharek | April 29, 2021 | Time
Baseball is the game in which, every day, you take responsibility for everything that has befallen others yet is not your fault.The Nationals didn’t seek this pain, but they might be growing from it | Thomas M. Boswell | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was in tears as he begged them to tell their own people to stay in their homes and promised that no harm would befall them.The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land | Sol Stern | February 9, 2014 | THE 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 prophets have spoken in the wind, and there was no word of God in them: these things therefore shall befall them.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Into Tressan's mind there sprang the memory of the thing Garnache had promised should befall him in such a case.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
But I am come to teach thee what things shall befall thy people in the latter days, for as yet the vision is for days.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
His simple little heart is filled with a sense of the catastrophes that befall the great and strong.Child Life In Town And Country | Anatole France
Something might befall this untrained citizen at any hour,—then where would the future of the Kano name be found?The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for befall
(intr) to take place; come to pass
(tr) to happen to
(intr usually foll by to) to be due, as by right
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