befriend

[bih-frend]
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:
1550–60; be- + friend

unbefriended, adjective


assist, comfort, succor; welcome.
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befriend (bɪˈfrɛnd)
 
vb
(tr) to be a friend to; assist; favour

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befriend
1550s, from be- + friend (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Befriended several dying folks and felt overwhelmed by the need to try and help
  them.
He had been stabbed and put into a closet, and a neighbor whom he had
  befriended.
Many letters of congratulation await her at her cottage from people whom she
  has befriended at one time or another.
She was befriended and loved by those she met on her journey.
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