Definition of befall verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bɪˈfɔːl//
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈfɔːl//
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they befall
BrE BrE//bɪˈfɔːl//
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈfɔːl//
he / she / it befalls
BrE BrE//bɪˈfɔːlz//
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈfɔːlz//
past simple befell
BrE BrE//bɪˈfel//
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈfel//
past participle befallen
BrE BrE//bɪˈfɔːlən//
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈfɔːlən//
-ing form befalling
BrE BrE//bɪˈfɔːlɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈfɔːlɪŋ//
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something befalls somebody (used only in the third person) (literary) (of something unpleasant) to happen to somebody They were unaware of the fate that was to befall them. Word OriginOld English befeallan ‘to fall’ (early use being mainly figurative); related to German befallen.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: befall