verb (used without object), be·fell, be·fall·en, be·fall·ing.
verb (used with object), be·fell, be·fall·en, be·fall·ing.
Origin of befall
Examples from the Web for befell
The pair of films that would follow—Se7en and The Game—avoided many of the pitfalls that befell Aliens3.
You could barely be seen, like the fate that befell Brooks Wheelan back in September.How Did Sasheer Zamata Do in Her Saturday Night Live Debut?|Kevin Fallon|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was the scapegoat for every economic failure that befell the Palestinian people.
She says she regularly thinks of the tragic fate that befell many of those who have come before her.
The whole episode sounds eerily similar to that which befell his Bully co-star, the late Brad Renfro.The John Connor Curse: Nick Stahl, Edward Furlong and Christian Bale|Marlow Stern|May 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
All this John saw distinctly, and afterwards recalled it all in order, as it befell.Fort Amity|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
And in April befell the battle of Culloden and far-resounding ruin.Foes|Mary Johnston
And one night it befell that he was rewarded, for the raiders attempted an entrance.The Gentleman From Indiana|Booth Tarkington
It befell also that another wonder was worked, by no means inferior to the last.The Hermits|Charles Kingsley
The house was changed into a house of sorrow; but worse than that befell.The Golden Maiden|A. G. Seklemian
verb -falls, -falling, -fell or -fallen archaic, or literary
Word Origin for befall
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.