from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To come to pass; happen.
- transitive v. To happen to. See Synonyms at happen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To happen.
- v. To happen to.
- n. Case; instance; circumstance; event; incident; accident.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To happen to.
- intransitive v. To come to pass; to happen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fall or happen to; occur to.
- To happen; come to pass.
- To fall in the way; come to hand.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance
- v. become of; happen to
Middle English bifallen, from Old English befeallan, to fall.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English befallen, from Old English befeallan ("to fall, deprive of, bereave of, fall to, be assigned to, befall"), equivalent to be- + fall. Cognate with Dutch bevallen ("to please"), German befallen ("to befall, attack, overcome"), Swedish befalla ("to command, prescribe, direct"). (Wiktionary)