befall

[bih-fawl]
verb (used without object), befell, befallen, befalling.
1.
to happen or occur.
2.
Archaic. to come, as by right.
verb (used with object), befell, befallen, befalling.
3.
to happen to, especially by chance or fate.

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


1. bechance, ensue, betide, materialize, chance.
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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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befall
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
We created all of the ills that befall us as the law of karma returns to us our
  misqualified energy for balancing.
They had to have tribute paid to them so misfortune did not befall you.
Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.
They said that, when the pictures reached his country, they would die or some
  other evil would befall them.
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