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 befallen
A similar fate would have befallen those who borrowed against their homes to purchase calls on Apple stock last summer.
If someone were to ask me what disaster this was that had befallen my life, I might ask if they wanted the story or the truth.
How to reconcile this with the good fortune which has just befallen me, I know not—but so it was.Auriol|W. Harrison Ainsworth
We were resolved to succeed or fail together, after the calamity had befallen us as much as before.The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass|Frederick Douglass
In his own land it was as if a personal bereavement had befallen every one.The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete|John Forster
Melion saw that he was betrayed, well knew he that sore mischance had befallen him.Tales from the Old French|Various
Hetty alone knew nothing of the change that had befallen her.Hetty Gray|Rosa Mulholland
British Dictionary definitions for befallen
verb -falls, -falling, -fell or -fallen archaic, or literary
Word Origin for befall
Word Origin and History for befallen
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.