befallen befallen  /bə ˈfɑ lən/


  1. (v) become of; happen to
  2. (v) happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance



  1. That's one way of describing what has befallen him.
  2. He saw it as a tragedy, a disaster that had befallen him.
  3. The string of disasters that has befallen the nation since then will only add to questions about where the limits of the long-suffering public's patience lie.


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  1. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today: "I think everybody is sad at the tragedy that's befallen Jade Goody. Everyone who suffers cancer has the thoughts of me and I think the whole country over what they've got to go through."
    on Feb 20, 2009 By: Gordon Brown Source: Sky News

  2. "We all have to work together to rescue Iraq from the catastrophe which has befallen it," Sunni leader Adnan al-Dulaimi told parliament. "This is the first step in solving the Iraqi problem and in stopping the bloodshed."
    on Jul 19, 2007 By: Adnan al-Dulaimi Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "Solzhenitsyn's fate, as well as the fate of millions of the country's citizens, was befallen by severe trials," Gorbachev said, according to Interfax. "He was one of the first who spoke aloud about the inhuman Stalinist regime and about the...
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: Mikhail Gorbachev Source: FOXNews

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