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.

Origin of befriend

First recorded in 1550–60; be- + friend
Related formsun·be·friend·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for befriended

befriend

/ (bɪˈfrɛnd) /

verb

(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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