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befriend

[bih-frend]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid: to befriend the poor and the weak.
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Origin of befriend

First recorded in 1550–60; be- + friend
Related formsun·be·friend·ed, adjective

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Related Words

advise, patronize, assist, help, uphold, welcome, back, favor, benefit, sustain, encourage, aid

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British Dictionary definitions for befriended

befriend

verb
  1. (tr) to be a friend to; assist; favour
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Word Origin and History for befriended

befriend

v.

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

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