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 for befall
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Befall \Be*fall"\, v. t. [imp. Befell; p. p. Befallen; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Befalling.] [AS. befeallan; pref. be- +
     feallan to fall.]
     To happen to.
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           I beseech your grace that I may know
           The worst that may befall me.            --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Befall \Be*fall"\, v. i.
     To come to pass; to happen.
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           I have revealed . . . the discord which befell.
                                                    --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  befall
      v 1: become of; happen to; "He promised that no harm would
           befall her"; "What has become of my children?" [syn:
           befall, bechance, betide]
      2: happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by
         chance; "It happens that today is my birthday"; "These things
         befell" (Santayana) [syn: happen, befall, bechance]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  32 Moby Thesaurus words for "befall":
     be found, be met with, be realized, bechance, betide, break,
     chance, come, come about, come along, come down, come off,
     come to pass, come true, develop, eventuate, fall, fall out, go,
     go off, hap, happen, happen along, happen by chance, hazard, occur,
     pass, pass off, pop up, take place, transpire, turn up
  
  

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