befall, bechance, betide(verb)
become of; happen to
"He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?"
happen, befall, bechance(verb)
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)
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A thing is said to happen when no design is manifest, or none especially thought of; it is said to chance when it appears to be the result of accident (compare synonyms for ACCIDENT). An incident happens or occurs; something external or actual happens to one; a thought or fancy occurs to him. Befall and betide are transitive; happen is intransitive; something befalls or betides a person or happens to him. Betide is especially used for anticipated evil, thought of as waiting and coming at its appointed time; as, wo betide him! One event supervenes upon another event, one disease upon another, etc. ["Transpire," in the sense of happen, is not authorized by good usage: a thing that has happened is properly said to transpire when it becomes known.]
An event happens to a person; a person happens on or upon a fact, discovery, etc.
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