What does the word befall mean?

Usage examples for befall

  1. I think a marriage with you the worst possible fate that could befall my child. – Her Mother's Secret by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  2. Where I am you need have no fear that harm will befall them." – In The Fire Of The Forge, Volume 7. by Georg Ebers
  3. Oh, if he could just crawl off some where- some place where everyone would Let him alone and where no harm could befall him! – Over the Line by Harold M. Sherman