a native English prefix formerly used in the formation of verbs: become, besiege, bedaub, befriend.
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Words nearby be-
Origin of be-
Middle English, Old English, unstressed form of bī by1
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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 bī by
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