AskDefine | Define befall

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1 become of; happen to; "He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?" [syn: bechance, betide]
2 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) [syn: happen, bechance] [also: befell, befallen]

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  • a UK: /bɪˈfɔːl/, /bI"fO:l/
  • a US: , /bɪˈfɑl/, /bI"fAl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔːl


  1. To happen.
  2. To happen to.
    Temptation befell me.

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be found, be met with, be realized, bechance, betide, break, chance, come, come about, come along, come down, come off, come to pass, come true, develop, eventuate, fall, fall out, go, go off, hap, happen, happen along, happen by chance, hazard, occur, pass, pass off, pop up, take place, transpire, turn up
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