One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Happen or find by chance.‘the most extraordinary person I ever have bechanced upon’with object ‘the occasion to be in London finally bechanced him’
happen, occur, take place, come about, transpire, arise, chanceView synonyms
- ‘I must ask of you to take a small body of picked men, and ride forth towards Blois, and see what bechances there.’
- ‘It was only yesterday morning that she had bechanced to see it, not surprisingly following a discussion on that very same subject.’
- ‘My sons - God knows what hath bechanced them.’
- ‘So, fearing lest a worse thing should bechance him, from Abbeville he went up to Paris.’
- ‘He had no choice, apparently, but to go sleep in the bushes in his local park, where, happily, he bechanced upon a coat that provided a smidgin of warmth.’
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