how to pronounce befall


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befall is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of befall in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… might befall life along its long tenure …”

meanings of befall


  1. To happen.
  2. To fall upon; fall all over; overtake.
  3. To happen to.
  4. To fall.


  1. Case; instance; circumstance; event; incident; accident.

befall frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word befall occurs in english on average 0.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics befall can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that befall can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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