Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To happen to.
  • intransitive v. To take place; befall. See Synonyms at happen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To happen to.
  • v. To happen; to take place; to bechance or befall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To come to pass; to happen; to occur.
  • transitive v. To happen to; to befall; to come to .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To happen; befall; come to.
  • To betoken; signify.
  • To come to pass; happen.
  • n. Hap; fortune.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become of; happen to

Etymologies

Middle English bitiden : bi-, be- + tiden, to happen (from Old English tīdan; see tide2).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English be- +‎ tide, from Old English tīdan (Wiktionary)

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