Definition of befall verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    befall

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//bɪˈfɔl//
     
    befall somebodyVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they befall
     
    he / she / it befalls
     
    past simple befell
     
    past participle befallen
     
    -ing form befalling
     
     
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  1. 1(used only in the third person)
  2. 2(literary) (of something unpleasant) to happen to someone They were unaware of the fate that was to befall them.
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