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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of befriend was in 1559

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“Befriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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be·​friend bi-ˈfrend How to pronounce befriend (audio)
: to become or act as a friend to
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