a native English prefix formerly used in the formation of verbs: become, besiege, bedaub, befriend.


Are You A Word Of The Day Whiz? Take The February Challenge
Test your memory on some of our favorite words from February.
Question 1 of 15
Which sentence uses the adjective fictile correctly?

Origin of be-

Middle English, Old English, unstressed form of by1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for be-


prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives

(from nouns) to surround completely; cover on all sidesbefog
(from nouns) to affect completely or excessivelybedazzle
(from nouns) to consider as or cause to bebefool; befriend
(from nouns) to provide or cover withbejewel
(from verbs) at, for, against, on, or overbewail; berate

Word Origin for be-

Old English be-, bi-, unstressed variant of by
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012