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
When a tragic incident suddenly befalls the fringes of her social circle, she and her 30-something friends from college start to evaluate their love lives and career goals.
A bear market at the outset of retirement can make things more challenging than a rip-roaring bull market, but there are ways to prepare yourself for the scenario that befell investors recently—and no doubt will again.
The astronauts are unaware of the catastrophe that has befallen Earth, and it falls to Augustine to warn them not to return.Poignant The Midnight Sky wrestles with whether humankind is worth saving | Jennifer Ouellette | December 24, 2020 | Ars Technica
That this kind of tragedy can befall you or befall somebody that you love, should encourage us all to realize we’re in this together.
This kind of tragedy would never befall Arizona birders today.
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.
Earlier in my youth another severe affliction had befallen me in the same month.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
I ask if those measures had not been adopted, what would have befallen the Spanish people?The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Then they came back on their road & related unto Gunnhild what had befallen.The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade) | Snorri Sturluson
Meanwhile, terrible trials had befallen the party who had started to found the Makololo Mission.Robert Moffat | David J. Deane
Straightway did Sigurd take Olaf to the house of the Queen, and to her made known what had befallen.The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade) | Snorri Sturluson
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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