Definition of befall in English:

befall

Syllabification: be·fall
Pronunciation: /bəˈfôl
 
/

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 on
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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