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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 for befriended

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

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British Dictionary definitions for befriended


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



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

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