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  • IPA(key): /bɪˈtʃæns/, /bɪˈtʃɑːns/

Etymology 1[edit]

From be- +‎ chance.


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, William Shakespeare, Lvcrece (First Quarto), London: [] Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, [], OCLC 236076664:
      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 2[edit]

From be- (by) +‎ chance.


bechance (not comparable)

  1. Accidentally; by chance.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Grafton to this entry?)