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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Of relevance to this legal dispute, Yvonne Miller had befriended the mother of a UConn recruit. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Thankfully for the Caddyshack team, executive producer Jon Peters had befriended Loggins prior to his sweeping success, and the singer evidently kept an open mind regarding his endeavors. Abby Jones, Billboard, "It's 'Alright': How Kenny Loggins Helped Change Music in Film With 'Caddyshack'," 24 Apr. 2018 Yu's mother previously told Oliver that Esterly had befriended the family at church. CBS News, "Pennsylvania man who allegedly ran off with teen held on $500K bail," 25 Mar. 2018 Larry Hazlewood befriended a big one with orange dorsal spikes who basked in his backyard and swam in his canal. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "South Florida is suffering from an iguana infestation. A solution? Think barbecue.," 11 July 2018 Tom befriends a local boy who is building his own tiny house and has a pet rabbit named Chainsaw. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "'Leave No Trace' Is Brutally Honest About Rewilding," 28 June 2018 Davis, a 25-year-old concierge at 11 Howard in Soho, befriended Delvey towards the end of her scam and was profiled in The Cut's piece on the con artist., "Did Anna Delvey, NYC's Notorious Scammer, Just Upload A Photo From Rikers?," 12 June 2018 When boiled down to the essentials, its storyline flirts with a bleak reality: Margaret befriends Ruth Wilcox, who dies suddenly from illness, while Helen grows close to Leonard, adopting him as pet project of sorts. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Hayley Atwell Found Herself in One of Literature’s Greatest Heroines," 30 Apr. 2018 They have been befriended by a goodhearted local man, Wil Parish. Christopher Arnott,, "Frontier Justice In 'Flyin' West' At Westport Playhouse," 5 June 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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