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.

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

  2. befall(Verb)

    To happen.

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

  3. befall(Verb)

    To happen to.

    Temptation befell me.

    Etymology: 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.]

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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. Cicero:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Edward C. Banfield:

    Every political system is an accumulation of habits, customs, prejudices, and principles that have survived a long process of trial and error and of ceaseless response to changing circumstances. If the system works well on the whole, it is a lucky accident -- the luckiest, indeed, that can befall a society.

  4. Marcus Aelius Aurelius:

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

  5. Godfather, The:

    Don Corleone I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall Michael - if he is to be shot in the head by a police officer, or be found hung dead in a jail cell... or if he should be struck by a bolt of lightning - then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room and then I do not forgive. But with said, I pledge - on the souls of my grandchildren - that I will not be the one to break the peace that we have made today.

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