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befall

[bih-fawl] /bɪˈfɔl/
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
900
before 900; Middle English befallen, Old English befeallan. See be-, fall (v.)
Synonyms
1. bechance, ensue, betide, materialize, chance.
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Examples for befallen
  • 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.
  • They are not forgotten, whether in captivity or in camp, or whatever has befallen them.
British Dictionary definitions for befallen

befall

/bɪˈfɔːl/
verb (archaic or literary) -falls, -falling, -fell, -fallen
1.
(intransitive) to take place; come to pass
2.
(transitive) to happen to
3.
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to be due, as by right
Word Origin
Old English befeallan; related to Old High German bifallan, Dutch bevallen; see be-, fall
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Word Origin and History for befallen

befall

v.

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.

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