to happen or occur.
Archaic. to come, as by right.
to happen to, especially by chance or fate.
If someone were to ask me what disaster this was that had befallen my life, I might ask if they wanted the story or the truth.
If You Read This Book, You Will Not Get Married Melissa Holbrook Pierson August 10, 2012
A similar fate would have befallen those who borrowed against their homes to purchase calls on Apple stock last summer.
Welcome to the Anarchy Economy Daniel Gross April 22, 2013
A sharp pistol report a moment after told me what had befallen the poor Hungarian; but I had little time to think of his fate.
Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune Charles James Lever
The afternoon was not very advanced, for all that had befallen him.
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
His companions sped merrily on, not noticing what had befallen him, and he was left to disentangle himself as best he could.
The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
Immediately after escaping from this peril, a still greater one had befallen him.
Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
I was afraid some accident might have befallen him, for I was very certain that he would not have deserted me.
Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
We cheered, thinking some dire calamity had befallen the enemy.
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
We soon joined him at the Htel des Etrangers, and inquired eagerly regarding the accident which had befallen him.
Reminiscences, 1819-1899 Julia Ward Howe.
“God give that that has not befallen her,” moaned Professor Maxon.
The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
verb (archaic or literary) -falls, -falling, -fell, -fallen
(intransitive) to take place; come to pass
(transitive) to happen to
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to be due, as by right
Old English befeallan “to deprive of; fall to, be assigned to; befall,” from be- “by, about” + feallan (see fall). Cf. Old Frisian bifalla, Old Saxon, Old High German bifallan, German befallen. Related: Befell; befalling.
(used with a singular or plural verb) any of several plants, especially of the genera Cynoglossum and Hackelia, having small, prickly fruits that stick to clothing. (used with a plural verb) the fruits or seeds of such a plant. noun (functioning as sing) any of several plants, esp the stickseed, having small prickly fruits that […]
beggar-your-neighbor. Historical Examples Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
- Beggar’s opera
a ballad opera (1728) with text by John Gay and music arranged by John Pepusch.
any of several composite plants of the genus Bidens, having rayless yellow flowers and barbed achenes that cling to clothing. the achenes of these plants. any of several other plants having seeds or fruits that cling to clothing, as those of the genus Desmodium. Historical Examples Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience Henry […]