to happen or occur.
Archaic. to come, as by right.
to happen to, especially by chance or fate.
A truth-teller by nature, Judt never pretended that the illness that befell him was a hidden blessing.
Tony Judt’s Final Words John Gray November 22, 2010
The pair of films that would follow—Se7en and The Game—avoided many of the pitfalls that befell Aliens3.
David Fincher’s Backseat Feminism Teo Bugbee October 8, 2014
You could barely be seen, like the fate that befell Brooks Wheelan back in September.
How Did Sasheer Zamata Do in Her Saturday Night Live Debut? Kevin Fallon January 18, 2014
She says she regularly thinks of the tragic fate that befell many of those who have come before her.
‘R&B Divas’: The TV Show That Resurrects a Genre Allison Samuels August 18, 2012
The whole episode sounds eerily similar to that which befell his Bully co-star, the late Brad Renfro.
The John Connor Curse: Nick Stahl, Edward Furlong and Christian Bale Marlow Stern May 17, 2012
Well had it been said that Loki was at the bottom of all the misfortunes that ever befell in Asgard.
Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
And now let us see what befell Little John while these things were happening.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
Such were the events that befell the fisherman: now we must relate what happened to the maid.
The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I. Anonymous
As we drove up to Lime Street station there befell—a porter.
The Christian Hall Caine
And after many days it befell that he came to a castle whereat was a tournament.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Unknown
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.
to happen or occur. Archaic. to come, as by right. to happen to, especially by chance or fate. Contemporary Examples 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 […]
(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.