English dictionary

befall meaning and definition


Definition of befall (verb)

  1. become of; happen to
    • "He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?"
    • synonyms: bechance, betide
  2. happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance
    • "It happens that today is my birthday"; "These things befell" (Santayana)
    • synonyms: bechance, happen
Source: Princeton University Wordnet