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.
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First Known Use of befriend

1559, in the meaning defined above

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“Befriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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