- to happen or occur.
- Archaic. to come, as by right.
- to happen to, especially by chance or fate.
Origin of befall
Synonyms for befallSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for befallmaterialize, transpire, ensue, develop, shake, action, break, go, chance, cook, follow, smoke, fall, hap, betide, happen, jell, occur, supervene, bechance
Examples from the Web for befall
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 6, 2014
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
Her daily missives chronicle the longing and insecurity that often befall long-distance relationships and eventual breakups.Book Bag: The Best Letter Collections
R. Blakeslee Gilpin
December 18, 2012
FERC also needs to have sufficient power to deal with a national emergency that might befall the entire bulk electricity system.Don't Let a Good Thing Pass Us By
November 12, 2012
The most frivolous disaster which could befall himself would occasion a more real disturbance.Who Cares About Drone Strikes?
September 28, 2012
Historical Examples of befall
Then he went down—stairs, prepared for whatever should befall him that day.
No; I felt this was not the case; but I felt that something worse than this was about to befall me.
Without a hand to guide and guard her, what evils might not befall?The Christian
Roma, if I allowed these misfortunes to befall you it was only to let you feel what others could do for you.The Eternal City
Can it be that you are indeed curious to know what will befall when he returns?The Shame of Motley
- (intr) to take place; come to pass
- (tr) to happen to
- (intr usually foll by to) to be due, as by right