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[bih-frend] /bɪˈfrɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid:
to befriend the poor and the weak.
Origin of befriend
First recorded in 1550-60; be- + friend
Related forms
unbefriended, adjective
assist, comfort, succor; welcome. Unabridged
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  • We can convey the intelligence of your mischance to her: the porter will befriend you.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • If you have, don't expect me to befriend you when you get back to England.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • "Then you won't find me slow to befriend you," said Mr. Dunbar.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • When I first knew her she was lonely and strange, and I tried to befriend her.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Grown beyond her consoling, and knows that she cannot befriend him.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • She is a worthy soul, or else I do not know one, and she will befriend you readily.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • "Come with me this night, and whatever happen I 'll befriend you," said Mary.

British Dictionary definitions for befriend


(transitive) to be a friend to; assist; favour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for befriend

1550s, from be- + friend (q.v.). Related: Befriended; befriending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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