be·​friend | \ bi-ˈfrend How to pronounce befriend (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web How did Katie — who was raised in the Rockies, has plans to work at an environmental law firm and can’t stop noting that New York City is a world away from her life — befriend not one, but two Fox News hosts? Washington Post, "Fox Nation’s first original Christmas movie feels like every other cozy, Christmas movie — with one exception," 24 Dec. 2020 Akers says the first scout leader to befriend and abuse him never did. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Maryland men tell their stories of child sexual abuse amid Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy claim," 18 Nov. 2020 Christine Fang, also known as Fang Fang, arrived in California as a college student in 2011 for an effort to befriend and spy on lawmakers in the Golden State and other parts of the U.S., Axios reported Tuesday. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Swalwell's dad, brother remain Facebook friends with suspected Chinese spy years after lawmaker cut her off," 10 Dec. 2020 That had him among the first to befriend Precious Achiuwa after the forward out of Memphis was selected at No. 20 in the Nov. 18 draft. Ira Winderman,, "Tyler Herro seeks to pick up where he left off with Heat starting role," 2 Dec. 2020 Like the message boards and chat rooms of yore, fans are using the app to meet and befriend fellow Potterheads. Lena Wilson, New York Times, "‘Harry Potter’ and the Prisoners of Quarantine," 17 Nov. 2020 Akers says the first scout leader to befriend and abuse him never did. Tim Prudente,, "‘Now it’s out ... America knows.’ Maryland men tell of decades-old child sexual abuse amid Boy Scouts bankruptcy.," 13 Nov. 2020 The book ends when two children befriend a new kid at school named Omad. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota police group picks fight with Walz over book read to Burnsville fourth-graders," 30 Oct. 2020 The movie flips between a modern family dealing with a terminal illness and a fantasy landscape where Webber and his youngster are on a quest and befriend a fairy (Nicole Elizabeth Berger). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: 'Borat 2,' Bill Murray's 'On the Rocks,' 'Rebecca' and 'The Witches'," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of befriend

1559, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of befriend was in 1559

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6 Jan 2021

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“Befriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce befriend (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of befriend

: to become a friend to (someone)


be·​friend | \ bi-ˈfrend How to pronounce befriend (audio) \
befriended; befriending

Kids Definition of befriend

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

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