be·​friend | \ bi-ˈfrend \
befriended; befriending; befriends

Definition of befriend

transitive verb

: to become or act as a friend to befriended the new student

Examples of befriend in a Sentence

He befriended the new student.

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The story takes place in the 1980s, when Evelyn (Bates), an overweight, unhappy housewife, befriends the elderly Ninny Threadgoode (Tandy), who tells her the story of two unlikely best friends living in 1930s Alabama. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010 Still another man, K.Q., alleges that he, like Hauer, was abused by Marmo, after the priest befriended his family during an assignment at a Catholic church in Everett. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archdiocese pays nearly $7 million to settle men’s claims that six priests abused them as boys," 13 Nov. 2018 Things start to look up about halfway through the film when Kayla befriends a genuinely nice high school senior, Olivia (Emily Robinson), during a high school shadowing day. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, "Elsie Fisher in "Eighth Grade" Is a Necessary, Honest Portrayal of Modern Adolescence," 18 July 2018 The final and most powerful section of the book occurs away from the border, when Cantú, now a graduate student and coffee barista, befriends José, an undocumented groundskeeper. Gabriel Thompson, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border,’ by Francisco Cantú," 1 Feb. 2018 For Caroline Kennedy, who had been a baby when Bunny befriended her mother Jackie Kennedy, the news marked the end of a powerful emotional connection. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The True Story Bunny Mellon's Extraordinary Collections and the Legendary Auction of the Decade," 7 Oct. 2017 Lozito and his wife, Andrea, knew Priestley for years, befriending her through their sons, who played together for the Bustleton Bengals Little League baseball team in Northeast Philadelphia. Vinny Vella,, "Bucks woman found dead after calling 911 to say boyfriend was going to kill her," 9 July 2018 The woman, who is now in Pennsylvania, told Ms. Souza that her daughter had been at a shelter in Chicago called Casa Guadalupe and had befriended a Brazilian boy there named Diogo. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Torn Apart by Zero Tolerance, Kept Apart by Red Tape," 24 June 2018 Gutierrez knew Harrison through her nephew and, according to prosecutors, befriended her just to rob her. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Brownsville man convicted of stabbing 85-year-old woman with screwdriver gets execution date," 16 Apr. 2018

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1559, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of befriend

: to become a friend to (someone)


be·​friend | \ bi-ˈfrend \
befriended; befriending

Kids Definition of befriend

: to act as a friend to We befriended the new student.

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