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befall

be·fall

befall

 
pronunciation:
b fawl
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part of speech: verb
inflections: befallen, befalling, befalls, befell
definition 1: to take place; happen.
We were afraid of what might befall during our walk through the dark forest.
synonyms:
happen, occur, take place
similar words:
chance, crop up, fall
definition 2: to happen to.
Bad things befell him after he ran away from home.
similar words:
become of
Word Parts
The word befall contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.