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befriend

[bih-frend] /bɪˈfrɛnd/
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.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; be- + friend
Related forms
unbefriended, adjective
Synonyms
assist, comfort, succor; welcome.
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Examples from the web for befriended
  • 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.
  • There, she met and befriended many of the great painters of the day.
  • Things improved dramatically when senior officials befriended me to recruit me into their drug smuggling operations.
  • The best-selling writer befriended the newly published poet and aided his public relations.
  • Goldberg gained the trust of his victims' parents and then befriended their children.
British Dictionary definitions for befriended

befriend

/bɪˈfrɛnd/
verb
1.
(transitive) 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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