verb (used with object)

to fool; deceive; dupe.
Obsolete. to treat as a fool; call (someone) a fool.

Origin of befool

First recorded in 1350–1400, befool is from the Middle English word befolen. See be-, fool1

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(tr) to make a fool of
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Word Origin and History for befool

late 14c., from be- + fool (n.). Related: Befooled; befooling.

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