befall

  • 1 Befall — Be*fall , v. t. [imp. {Befell}; p. p. {Befallen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Befalling}.] [AS. befeallan; pref. be + feallan to fall.] To happen to. [1913 Webster] I beseech your grace that I may know The worst that may befall me. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 befall — (v.) O.E. befeallan to deprive of; fall to, be assigned to; befall, from BE (Cf. be ) by, about + feallan (see FALL (Cf. fall)). Cf. O.Fris. bifalla, O.S., O.H.G. bifallan, Ger. befallen. Related: Befell; befalling …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 Befall — Be*fall , v. i. To come to pass; to happen. [1913 Webster] I have revealed . . . the discord which befell. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 befall — index supervene Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 befall — betide, occur, *happen, chance, transpire …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 befall — [v] happen to; take place action, bechance, betide, break, chance, come down, come off, come to pass, cook*, cook up a storm*, cook with gas*, develop, ensue, fall, fall out, follow, gel, go, go down, hap*, happen, jell*, materialize, occur,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 befall — ► VERB (past befell; past part. befallen) literary ▪ (especially of something bad) happen to …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 befall — [bē fôl′, bifôl′] vi. befell, befallen, befalling [ME bifallen < OE befeallan, to fall, fall to as a share or right < be , BE + feallan,FALL] 1. to come to pass; happen; occur 2. Archaic to be fitting; pertain vt. to happen to …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 befall — UK [bɪˈfɔːl] / US [bɪˈfɔl] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms befall : present tense I/you/we/they befall he/she/it befalls present participle befalling past tense befell UK [bɪˈfel] / US past participle befallen UK [bɪˈfɔːlən] / US… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 Befall — der Befall (Aufbaustufe) Zustand, bei dem eine Pflanze o. Ä. von einer Krankheit ergriffen wird Beispiel: Der Befall der Bäume mit Insekten dehnte sich auf andere Gebiete aus …

    Extremes Deutsch

  • 11 Befall — Be|fall [bə fal], der; [e]s: das Befallenwerden, Befallensein von Krankheiten oder Schädlingen (besonders bei Pflanzen): etwas gegen den Befall von Bohnen mit Blattläusen unternehmen. Zus.: Blattlausbefall, Pilzbefall, Schädlingsbefall,… …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 12 befall — verb Befall is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑disaster, ↑fate, ↑misfortune, ↑tragedy …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 befall — be|fall [bıˈfo:l US ˈfo:l] v past tense befell [ ˈfel] past participle befallen [ ˈfo:lən US ˈfo: ] [T] literary if something unpleasant or dangerous befalls you, it happens to you ▪ We prayed that no harm should befall them …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 befall — verb past tense befell past participle befallen, (T) formal if something unpleasant or dangerous befalls you it happens to you: We prayed that no harm should befall them …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 befall — [c]/bəˈfɔl / (say buh fawl), /bi / (say bee ) verb (befell, befallen, befalling) –verb (i) 1. to happen or occur. –verb (t) 2. to happen to. –phrase 3. befall to, Archaic to come to as by right. {Middle English befallen, Old English befeallan} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 befall — verb (befell; befallen) Date: 13th century intransitive verb to happen especially as if by fate transitive verb to happen to < the fate that befell them > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 befall — /bi fawl /, v., befell, befallen, befalling. v.i. 1. to happen or occur. 2. Archaic. to come, as by right. v.t. 3. to happen to, esp. by chance or fate. [bef. 900; ME befallen, OE befeallan. See BE , FALL (v.)] Syn. 1. bechance, ensue, betide,… …

    Universalium

  • 18 befall — verb /bɪˈfɔːl,bɪˈfɑl/ a) To happen. Temptation befell me. b) To happen to …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 befall — Synonyms and related words: be found, be met with, be realized, bechance, betide, break, chance, come, come about, come along, come down, come off, come to pass, come true, develop, eventuate, fall, fall out, go, go off, hap, happen, happen along …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 Befall — Be·fạll der; (e)s; nur Sg; der Zustand besonders einer Pflanze, wenn sie Schädlinge, Krankheiten usw hat || K: Pilzbefall, Schädlingsbefall, Virusbefall …

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