bechance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bechance 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)"
    • v bechance become of; happen to "He promised that no harm would befall her","What has become of my children?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Bechance By chance; by accident.
    • v. t. & i Bechance To befall; to chance; to happen to. "God knows what hath bechanced them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bechance To happen; chance.
    • bechance To befall; happen to.
    • bechance Accidentally; by chance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bechance be-chans′ to happen by chance: to befall—adv. by chance: accidentally.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. be-, for by, + chance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. be-, by, and Chance.

Usage

In literature:

So, fearing lest a worse thing should bechance him, from Abbeville he went up to Paris.
"Aucassin & Nicolette"
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In poetry:

— Such thoughts bechanced to seize
A traveller's mind — a man of memories —
As he set foot within the western city
Where had died these
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy