verb (used without object), befell, befallen, befalling.
to happen or occur.
Archaic. to come, as by right.
verb (used with object), befell, befallen, befalling.
to happen to, especially by chance or fate.

before 900; Middle English befallen, Old English befeallan. See be-, fall (v.)

1. bechance, ensue, betide, materialize, chance. Unabridged
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befall (bɪˈfɔːl)
vb (usually foll by to) , -falls, -falling, -fell, -fallen
1.  (intr) to take place; come to pass
2.  (tr) to happen to
3.  to be due, as by right
[Old English befeallan; related to Old High German bifallan, Dutch bevallen; see be-, fall]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. befeallan "to deprive of; fall to, be assigned to; befall," from be- "by, about" + feallan (see fall).
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Example sentences
The result is the triple crisis-economic and cultural, political, and
  military-that has now befallen the country.
In part, this financial position is the result of inadequate plan funding and
  misfortunes that have befallen plan sponsors.
It must demonstrate its commitment to avoiding the pitfalls that have befallen
  many other oil-producing nations.
They remain strong despite the many tragedies that have befallen them.
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