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Definition of befall verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: befall