What does befall mean?

befall meaning in General Dictionary

to come quickly to pass to take place

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  • to take place to
  • become of; occur to
  • take place, happen, or perhaps the outcome throughout occasions or by chance
  • to take place to.
  • to come calmly to pass; to happen.

befall meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English befeallan "to rob of; fall to, be assigned to; befall," from be- "by, about" + feallan (see autumn). Compare Old Frisian bifalla, Old Saxon, Old High German bifallan, German befallen. Associated: Befell; befalling.

befall - German to English


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  • involvement of heart as a result of sarcoidosis
  • infestation
  • participation
  • euglenozoa infection
  • demodicosis
  • acanthocephalosis
  • seizure
  • attack

befall meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To happen to.

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  • (v. i.) to come quickly to pass; to happen.

Sentence Examples with the word befall

The slave might thus be by birth of equal rank with his master, who knew that the same fate might befall himself or some of the members of his family.

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