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

  • transitive v. Archaic To happen or happen to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Accidentally; by chance.
  • v. To happen; chance.
  • v. To happen (to); befall to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. By chance; by accident.
  • v. To befall; to chance; to happen to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To happen; chance.
  • To befall; happen to.
  • Accidentally; by chance.

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


From be- +‎ chance. (Wiktionary)
From be- (“by”) +‎ chance. (Wiktionary)



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