What does befall mean?

Definitions for befall
bɪˈfɔlbe·fall

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. befall, bechance, betide(verb)

    become of; happen to

    "He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?"

  2. happen, befall, bechance(verb)

    happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance

    "It happens that today is my birthday"; "These things befell" (Santayana)

Wiktionary

  1. befall(Noun)

    Case; instance; circumstance; event; incident; accident.

  2. befall(Verb)

    To happen.

  3. befall(Verb)

    To happen to.

    Temptation befell me.

  4. Origin: From befallen, from befeallan, equivalent to . Cognate with Dutch bevallen, German befallen, Swedish befalla.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Befall(verb)

    to happen to

  2. Befall(verb)

    to come to pass; to happen

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Befall

    be-fawl′, v.t. to fall or happen to: to occur to.—v.i. to happen or come to pass: (Spens.) to fall in one's way:—pr.p. befall′ing; pa.t. befell′; pa.p. befall′en. [A.S. befeallan. See Fall.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of befall in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of befall in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of befall in a Sentence

  1. Phaedrus:

    Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.

  2. Marcus Aelius Aurelius:

    Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.

  3. Cicero:

    The injuries that befall us unexpectedly are less severe than those which are deliberately anticipated.

  4. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson:

    I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.

  5. Dean Haydon:

    The children were paralyzed by fear of Haque, who they understood to have connections to terrorists and who essentially told them that a violent fate would befall them if they told anyone what he was doing.

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