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[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
1550-60; be- + friend
Related forms
unbefriended, adjective
assist, comfort, succor; welcome. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for befriend
  • But the social aspect is actually quite distinctive, as members need to befriend each other and collaborate.
  • With some social sites, a snooper needs to befriend someone in order to view her personal connections.
  • Social networks are bogs filled with people who are there to befriend one another, tell their stories, or voice their complaints.
  • One of the best byproducts of my cancer is that it has helped me befriend weakness.
  • My former colleague with the puppies was, in his own unique way, simply trying to befriend me.
  • By the end of the year some of them even attempted to befriend us.
  • And the families sometimes befriend foreign students from their children's birth countries.
  • However, she is terrified of my husband and cowers and runs away from him whenever he tries to befriend her.
  • Shortly after, four storybook characters come to life and befriend her.
  • People only befriend someone if they have something to gain from that friendship.
British Dictionary definitions for befriend


(transitive) to be a friend to; assist; favour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for befriend

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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