Definition of befall in English:

befall

Syllabification: be·fall
Pronunciation: /biˈfôl
 
/

verb (past befell; past participle befallen)

[with object] literary
(Of something bad) happen to someone: a tragedy befell his daughter [no object]: she was to blame for anything that befell
More example sentences
  • In November 1913 a fatal tragedy befell the family - after a quarrel Lora committed suicide.
  • Despite the disgrace and humiliation which eventually befell him, he never wavered from his beliefs.
  • We're sorry these warnings were too late to prevent the tragedy that befell your family.
Synonyms
happen to, overtake, come upon, be visited onhappen, occur, take place, come about, transpire, materialize; ensue, follow, result
informal go down
literary come to pass, betide

Origin

Old English befeallan 'to fall' (early use being chiefly figurative); related to German befallen.

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