befall


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be·fall

 (bĭ-fôl′)
v. be·fell (-fĕl′), be·fall·en (-fô′lən), be·fall·ing, be·falls
v.intr.
To come to pass; happen: What is the worst that may befall?
v.tr.
1. Used with the impersonal subject it and a following clause to indicate the occurrence of a usually unexpected or chance event: "It befell that, an hour before the appointed time, she was sent for by a neighbor who had been taken ill" (Henry James).
2. To happen to: What befell the ship? See Synonyms at happen.

[Middle English bifallen, from Old English befeallan, to fall.]

befall

(bɪˈfɔːl)
vb, -falls, -falling, -fell or -fallen
1. (intr) to take place; come to pass
2. (tr) to happen to
3. (usually foll by: to) to be due, as by right
[Old English befeallan; related to Old High German bifallan, Dutch bevallen; see be-, fall]

be•fall

(bɪˈfɔl)

v. -fell, -fall•en, -fall•ing. v.t.
1. to happen to, esp. by chance.
v.i.
2. to happen or occur.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English befeallan]

befall


Past participle: befallen
Gerund: befalling

Imperative
befall
befall
Present
I befall
you befall
he/she/it befalls
we befall
you befall
they befall
Preterite
I befell
you befell
he/she/it befell
we befell
you befell
they befell
Present Continuous
I am befalling
you are befalling
he/she/it is befalling
we are befalling
you are befalling
they are befalling
Present Perfect
I have befallen
you have befallen
he/she/it has befallen
we have befallen
you have befallen
they have befallen
Past Continuous
I was befalling
you were befalling
he/she/it was befalling
we were befalling
you were befalling
they were befalling
Past Perfect
I had befallen
you had befallen
he/she/it had befallen
we had befallen
you had befallen
they had befallen
Future
I will befall
you will befall
he/she/it will befall
we will befall
you will befall
they will befall
Future Perfect
I will have befallen
you will have befallen
he/she/it will have befallen
we will have befallen
you will have befallen
they will have befallen
Future Continuous
I will be befalling
you will be befalling
he/she/it will be befalling
we will be befalling
you will be befalling
they will be befalling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been befalling
you have been befalling
he/she/it has been befalling
we have been befalling
you have been befalling
they have been befalling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been befalling
you will have been befalling
he/she/it will have been befalling
we will have been befalling
you will have been befalling
they will have been befalling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been befalling
you had been befalling
he/she/it had been befalling
we had been befalling
you had been befalling
they had been befalling
Conditional
I would befall
you would befall
he/she/it would befall
we would befall
you would befall
they would befall
Past Conditional
I would have befallen
you would have befallen
he/she/it would have befallen
we would have befallen
you would have befallen
they would have befallen
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.befall - become of; happen to; "He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?"
hap, happen, occur, come about, take place, go on, pass off, fall out, pass - come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
2.befall - 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)
hap, happen, occur, come about, take place, go on, pass off, fall out, pass - come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
happen - chance to be or do something, without intention or causation; "I happen to have just what you need!"

befall

verb (Archaic or literary) happen to, fall upon, occur in, take place in, ensue in, transpire in (informal), materialize in, come to pass in the disaster that befell the island of Flores

befall

verb
2. To happen to one:
3. To take place by chance:
Translations
يَحْدُث لِ، يَقَعُ لِ
postihnoutpřihodit se
hænderamme
koma fyrir, henda
ištikti
atgadītiesnotikt
başına gelmek

befall

[bɪˈfɔːl] (befell (pt) (befallen (pp))) (liter)
A. VTacontecer a, suceder a
B. VIacontecer, suceder
whatever may befallpase lo que pase

befall

[bɪˈfɔːl] [befell] (pt) [befallen] (pp)
vi (= happen) → advenir
vt (= happen to) → advenir à

befall

pret <befell> ptp <befallen> (old, liter)
visich zutragen
vtwiderfahren (+dat) (geh)

befall

[bɪˈfɔːl] (befell (pt)) [bɪˈfɛl] (befallen (pp)) [bɪˈfɔːlən] vtaccadere a

befall

(biˈfoːl) past tense befell (biˈfel) : past participle beˈfallen verb
to happen to (a person or thing). A disaster has befallen her.
References in classic literature ?
I will take any blow that may befall if but this my boy be allowed to express some- thing for us both.
Remember, if any accident should befall me, to keep the air blowing on your left cheeks--or, rather, follow the Mohicans; they'd scent their way, be it in day or be it at night.
By the time I reached the pool, however, she was close behind me, and I knew that, whatever, to her apprehension, might befall me, the exposure of my society struck her as her least danger.
Now that he was gone, he had moved about in daily dread and trembling, not knowing what might befall him next.
Their entire being was reduced to a monotonous dead level of patience, resignation, dumb uncomplaining acceptance of whatever might befall them in this life.
Martyrdom is the luckiest fate that can befall some people.
Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me.
Elinor did not offer to detain him; and they parted, with a very earnest assurance on HER side of her unceasing good wishes for his happiness in every change of situation that might befall him; on HIS, with rather an attempt to return the same good will, than the power of expressing it.
I fear not, indeed: such chance is too good to befall me.
Kenneth says he would wager his mare that he'll outlive any man on this side Gimmerton, and go to the grave a hoary sinner; unless some happy chance out of the common course befall him.
Whatever might befall now, he must on to his journey's end.
I reasoned as I had reasoned already without knowing it - if that be reasoning - in case any harm should befall him through my not going, how could I ever forgive myself!