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

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  • Befriend — Be*friend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Befriended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Befriending}.] To act as a friend to; to favor; to aid, benefit, or countenance. [1913 Webster] By the darkness befriended. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • befriend — index favor, foster, promote (organize), side, sponsor, subsidize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • befriend — [v] make social acquaintance; support advise, aid, assist, back, benefit, buddy up*, case out*, come on to*, cotton to*, encourage, favor, get chummy with, get in with*, help, hit it off*, patronize, side with, stand by, sustain, take under one’s …   New thesaurus

  • befriend — ► VERB ▪ become a friend to …   English terms dictionary

  • befriend — [bē frend′, bifrend′] vt. to act as a friend to; help …   English World dictionary

  • befriend — UK [bɪˈfrend] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms befriend : present tense I/you/we/they befriend he/she/it befriends present participle befriending past tense befriended past participle befriended to become the friend of someone… …   English dictionary

  • befriend — /bi frend /, v.t. to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid: to befriend the poor and the weak. [1550 60; BE + FRIEND] Syn. assist, comfort, succor; welcome. * * * …   Universalium

  • befriend — [[t]bɪfre̱nd[/t]] befriends, befriending, befriended VERB If you befriend someone, especially someone who is lonely or far from home, you make friends with them. [V n] The film s about an elderly woman and a young nurse who befriends her... [V n] …   English dictionary

  • befriend — verb a charming story in which the toys befriend one another Syn: make friends with, make a friend of; look after, keep an eye on; be of service to, lend a helping hand to, help, protect; side with, stand by, encourage …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • befriend — transitive verb Date: 1559 to become or act as a friend to …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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