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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 of befall
900
before 900; Middle English befallen, Old English befeallan. See be-, fall (v.)
Synonyms
1. bechance, ensue, betide, materialize, chance.
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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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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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