Definition of befall in English:
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.
Old English befeallan 'to fall' (early use being chiefly figurative); related to German befallen.
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