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 for befriends
He befriends the priest, whom he meets at the quayside, and later witnesses his death.
She befriends the priest and offers refuge to him for the future.
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