Befall meaning

bĭ-fôl
To come to pass; happen.

What is the worst that may befall?

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To come to pass; happen; occur.
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Used with the impersonal subject it and a following clause to indicate the occurrence of a usually unexpected or chance event.
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To happen to.

What befell the ship?

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The definition of befall means to take place or to occur.

An example of befall is when you are in a serious car accident.

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To be fitting; pertain.
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To happen to.

What befell them?

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(intransitive) To happen.
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To happen to.

Temptation befell me.

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Origin of befall

  • Middle English bifallen from Old English befeallan to fall

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English befallen, from Old English befeallan (“to fall, deprive of, bereave of, fall to, be assigned to, befall”), equivalent to be- +‎ fall. Cognate with Dutch bevallen (“to please”), German befallen (“to befall, attack, overcome”), Swedish befalla (“to command, prescribe, direct”).

    From Wiktionary