befall

[ bih-fawl ]
/ bɪˈfɔl /

verb (used without object), be·fell, be·fall·en, be·fall·ing.

to happen or occur.
Archaic. to come, as by right.

verb (used with object), be·fell, be·fall·en, be·fall·ing.

to happen to, especially by chance or fate.

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Origin of befall

before 900; Middle English befallen,Old English befeallan.See be-, fall (v.)
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British Dictionary definitions for befall

befall
/ (bɪˈfɔːl) /

verb -falls, -falling, -fell or -fallen archaic, or literary

(intr) to take place; come to pass
(tr) to happen to
(intr usually foll by to) to be due, as by right

Word Origin for befall

Old English befeallan; related to Old High German bifallan, Dutch bevallen; see be-, fall
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