verb be·fall \bi-ˈfl, bē-\

of something bad or unpleasant : to happen to (someone or something)


Full Definition of BEFALL

intransitive verb
:  to happen especially as if by fate
transitive verb
:  to happen to <the fate that befell them>

Examples of BEFALL

  1. It's sad to think of the unhappy fate that befell him.
  2. The drought was only one of many hardships to befall the small country.

First Known Use of BEFALL

13th century

Rhymes with BEFALL

ALGOL, and all, Antall, appall, Argall, argol, air ball, ashfall, at all, atoll, AWOL, baseball, beach ball, beanball, Bengal, best-ball, birdcall, blackball, Bokmål, bookstall, box stall, bradawl, brick wall, broomball, catcall, catchall, cell wall, COBOL, cold call, cornball, Cornwall, crown gall, cue ball, cure-all, curveball, deadfall, de Gaulle, dodgeball, downfall, downhaul, drywall, duck call, eight ball, enthrall, eyeball, fair ball, fastball, fireball, fire wall, foosball, football, footfall, footwall, forestall, forkball, foul ball, four-ball, fourth wall, free-fall, gadwall, game ball, glycol, golf ball, Goodall, goofball, googol, guildhall, hair ball, handball, hardball, headstall, heelball, highball, holdall, house call, icefall, infall, install, John Paul, jump ball, keelhaul, know-all, landfall, Landsmål, line-haul, line squall, lowball, Maillol, meatball, menthol, mess hall, miscall, mothball, Naipaul, naphthol, Nepal, nightfall, nutgall, oddball, outfall, outhaul, paintball, pinball, pitfall, plimsoll, pratfall, prayer shawl, pub crawl, puffball, punchball, pushball, rainfall, rainsquall, recall, rial, Riksmål, rockfall, roll call, rorqual, Saint Paul, save-all, screwball, seawall, short-haul, shortfall, sick call, sidewall, sleazeball, slimeball, snowball, snowfall, softball, sour ball, speedball, spitball, stickball, stonewall, stone wall, stoopball, strip mall, T-ball, tea ball, tell-all, three-ball, toll call, town hall, trackball, Tyrol, Udall, Walsall, what all, whip stall, Whitehall, whitewall, windfall, windgall, withal, you-all
BEFALLEN Defined for Kids


verb be·fall \bi-ˈfl\
be·fell \-ˈfel\be·fall·en \-ˈf-lən\be·fall·ing

Definition of BEFALL for Kids

:  to happen to <… they would not have known about the good fortune which befell us … — Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins>


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