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Synonyms for befallbɪˈfɔl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. befall, bechance, betide(verb)

    become of; happen to

    "He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?"

    betide, bechance, befall, happen

  2. 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)

    encounter, betide, materialise, fall out, bump, go on, occur, pass off, materialize, bechance, hap, happen, chance, take place, befall, find, pass, come about

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. befall

    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.]

    bechance, betide, chance, come to pass, fall, fall out, happen, occur, supervene, take place

    An event happens to a person; a person happens on or upon a fact, discovery, etc.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. befall(v. a.)

    betide, overtake, happen to

  2. befall(v. n.)

    happen, occur, take place

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