befriend

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. before you can say jack robinson,
  2. before you know it,
  3. beforehand,
  4. beforetime,
  5. befoul,
  6. befuddle,
  7. beg,
  8. beg off,
  9. beg the question,
  10. beg to differ

Origin of befriend

First recorded in 1550–60; be- + friend

Related formsun·be·friend·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for befriend

befriend

/ (bɪˈfrɛnd) /

verb

(tr) to be a friend to; assist; favour
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Word Origin and History for befriend

befriend

v.

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

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