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befall

be·fall

befall

 
 
pronunciation:
b fawl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: befallen, befalling, befalls, befell
definition: to take place; happen.
I can never forget the horror that befell that night.
synonyms:
betide, happen, occur, take place
similar words:
chance, come to pass, crop up, fall, hap, intervene, pass, supervene
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to happen to.
Misfortune befell him in those years.
similar words:
become of, betide
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