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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 ?
He could not be in two places at once; making a living for his family on the street, and staying at home to see that no harm befell them.
For the last seventy years the most noted event in the Pyncheon annals had been likewise the heaviest calamity that ever befell the race; no less than the violent death--for so it was adjudged--of one member of the family by the criminal act of another.
We doubt whether any marked event, for good or evil, ever befell New England, from its settlement down to revolutionary times, of which the inhabitants had not been previously warned by some spectacle of its nature.
When I was a child, I well remember a somewhat similar circumstance that befell me; whether it was a reality or a dream, I never could entirely settle.
It was but some few days after encountering the Frenchman, that a most significant event befell the most insignificant of the Pequod's crew; an event most lamentable; and which ended in providing the sometimes madly merry and predestinated craft with a living and ever accompanying prophecy of whatever shattered sequel might prove her own.
It was just at this time that the great adventure befell Marija.
I come now to the relation of a misfortune, which about this time befell Mrs.
In that field, Adele, I was walking late one evening about a fortnight since--the evening of the day you helped me to make hay in the orchard meadows; and, as I was tired with raking swaths, I sat down to rest me on a stile; and there I took out a little book and a pencil, and began to write about a misfortune that befell me long ago, and a wish I had for happy days to come: I was writing away very fast, though daylight was fading from the leaf, when something came up the path and stopped two yards off me.
He promised to communicate with me, when anything befell him; and he slung his bag about him, took his hat and stick, and bade us both 'Good-bye
Chaka said that he cared nothing what happened to those who came after him, or whether good or evil befell them.
Say Goddess, what ensu'd when RAPHAEL, The affable Arch-angel, had forewarn'd ADAM by dire example to beware Apostasie, by what befell in Heaven To those Apostates, least the like befall In Paradise to ADAM or his Race, Charg'd not to touch the interdicted Tree, If they transgress, and slight that sole command, So easily obeyd amid the choice Of all tasts else to please thir appetite, Though wandring.
A second and a third party of knights took the field; and although they had various success, yet, upon the whole, the advantage decidedly remained with the challengers, not one of whom lost his seat or swerved from his charge misfortunes which befell one or two of their antagonists in each encounter.