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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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  • Stryker had befriended him indeed, had he permitted him to drown.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He was befriended by Florent, who taught him to read and write.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • The duel is between that son and the man who has befriended his mother.

  • Our banks have befriended the people, and never oppressed or injured them.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • The same priest who befriended her father, extended his kindness to the daughter.

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
British Dictionary definitions for befriended


(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 befriended



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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