bechance (v.) 1520s, from BE- (Cf. be-) + CHANCE (Cf. chance). Related: Bechanced; bechancing.

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  • Bechance — Be*chance , adv. [Pref. be for by + chance.] By chance; by accident. [Obs.] Grafton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bechance — Be*chance , v. t. & i. To befall; to chance; to happen to. [1913 Webster] God knows what hath bechanced them. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bechance — index supervene Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bechance — [bē chans′, bichans′] vt., vi. bechanced, bechancing Archaic to happen (to); befall …   English World dictionary

  • bechance — verb Date: 1527 archaic befall …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bechance — /bi chans , chahns /, v.i., v.t. bechanced, bechancing. Archaic. to befall. [1520 30; from phrase by chance] * * * …   Universalium

  • bechance — verb To happen (to); to befall to. Disturb his hours of rest with restless trances …   Wiktionary

  • bechance — v. a. Befall, happen to …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • bechance — be·chance …   English syllables

  • bechance — be•chance [[t]bɪˈtʃæns, ˈtʃɑns[/t]] v. i. v. t. chanced, chanc•ing. archaic to befall • Etymology: 1520–30; from phrase by chance …   From formal English to slang

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