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
But the social aspect is actually quite distinctive, as members need to
  befriend each other and collaborate.
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.
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