bechance

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From be- +‎ chance.

VerbEdit

bechance (third-person singular simple present bechances, present participle bechancing, simple past and past participle bechanced)

  1. (intransitive) To happen; chance.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To happen (to); befall to.
    • 1594, Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece.
      Disturb his hours of rest with restless trances,
      Afflict him in his bed with bedrid groans;
      Let there bechance him pitiful mischances,
      To make him moan; but pity not his moans:
      Stone him with harden'd hearts, harder than stones

Etymology 2Edit

From be- (by) +‎ chance.

AdverbEdit

bechance (not comparable)

  1. Accidentally; by chance.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Grafton to this entry?)
Last modified on 18 October 2013, at 10:30