befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell Old form(s): befalne
happen, occur, take place, turn out
2H4 I.i.177[Morton to Northumberland] What hath then befallen
2H6 III.ii.402[Suffolk to Queen] let me stay, befall what may befall!
2H6 V.iii.33[Warwick to all] more such days as these to us befall!
3H6 II.i.106[Warwick to all] I come to tell you things sith then befallen
Ham IV.iii.11.2[Claudius to all] What hath befallen?
JC V.i.96[Cassius to Brutus] Let's reason with the worst that may befall
LLL V.ii.859[Berowne to Rosaline] befall what will befall, / I'll jest a twelvemonth in an hospital
MM III.i.220[disguised Duke to Isabella, of Mariana's tragedy] mark how heavily this befell to the poor gentlewoman
MND III.ii.121[Puck to Oberon] those things do best please me / That befall preposterously
MND V.i.153[Snout to all] In this same interlude it doth befall / That I--one Snout by name--present a wall
Oth II.iii.292[Iago to Cassio, of Cassio's behaviour] I could heartily wish this had not so befallen
Oth V.ii.304[Lodovico to Othello] you shall understand what hath befallen
Tit V.i.57[Aaron to Lucius, of saving his child] If thou wilt not, befall what may befall, / I'll speak no more but ‘Vengeance rot you all!’
Tit V.iii.3[A Goth to Lucius, of their minds agreeing with his decision] And ours with thine, befall what fortune will
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