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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According to the newspaper, Patricia and Dietrich burst into a room at the Radisson hotel and took turns assaulting the student, whom had befriended them on the beach. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia sex assault allegations: What we know," 10 May 2018 Here, Dumbo is befriended by two young children, whose father has been hired by the circus to care for the baby elephant. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New trailer for Disney’s live-action Dumbo captures magic of original," 15 Nov. 2018 The documentary is intended to showcase the stories of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who Jackson befriended as children, and who claim to have been molested by him. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michael Jackson's Defenders Remind Us to Also Believe Men," 13 Mar. 2019 While most anthropologists back this approach, some suggest befriending the tribe would prevent the loss of outsiders’ lives in the future and give the tribe the chance to improve their lives through basic technology and medicine. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "The Struggle to Retrieve Slain American Missionary’s Body From a Remote Island," 27 Nov. 2018 Later on, his dedication for the infant son of a young Ethiopian woman who has befriended him leads him to feed and care for the toddler when the mother goes missing one day. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Capernaum’: A street kid in Beirut tries to do the right thing in powerful Oscar-nominated film," 5 Feb. 2019 According to a lawsuit Rubin filed, Nisha and Mohit Sabharwal spent five years befriending her while brokering the procurement of what was supposed to be a museum-quality collection of antique pieces. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How to Spot Fake Jewelry, According to the Experts," 17 Sep. 2018 The tennis star first met Meghan in 2010 at the Super Bowl in Miami but the two reunited and befriended each other at the 2014 DirectTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who's Attending Meghan Markle's Baby Shower in NYC?," 19 Feb. 2019 Pullen recounted a story about befriending a family in Velten, Germany. Mercedes Leguizamon And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "This 20-year-old wants to interview every WWII combat veteran he can before it's too late," 9 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 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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