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
She is a fighter, and never gave up no matter what hardship befell her.
It befell after on a day that this knight talked with this lady, and secretly
  uttered his desire to her.
Something of the same kind befell me a few days after.
Emanuel and his colleagues aren't sure which disaster befell the dinosaurs.
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