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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JC Jackson, who started his career as a Gator, had befriended Lewis during the recruiting process and the two cornerbacks had kept in touch after Jackson transferred to Maryland before Durkin’s first season. Don Markus,, "Florida State transfer Marcus Lewis has happy homecoming in Maryland spring game," 16 Apr. 2018 In one hilarious example, Barry befriends Nineteen Black Winter’s loyal security robot, getting him to ramble and inadvertently provide the exact locations of all the cameras in his building. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "In The Robots of Gotham, AI has taken over the world — and become exactly like us," 7 July 2018 When a kid from Montreal meets a Korean fisherman living in Mauritania, befriends a Russian veteran of their Afghan war, or a shopkeeper and his family living in Danang, interesting conversations always happen. Katie Reilly, Time, "'Fight Our Tribal Mindset.' Read Justin Trudeau's Commencement Address to NYU Graduates," 16 May 2018 Son, here's a crash course to make this transition easier: Start by befriending the owner. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Despite giving up haul to Hawks, Dallas lucky to get Luka Doncic," 21 June 2018 Late in life, Cooper befriended the younger Miklos and became a father figure to the diver. Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, "'Cooper's Treasure' and the Gray Area of Wreck Hunting," 21 June 2018 Kean said, urging Christie to befriend the Senate president, Steve Sweeney. Andrew Seidman,, "Democrats have one-party rule in Trenton. Why can't they agree on taxes?," 13 June 2018 Operatives hoped to obtain such evidence by befriending their targets or their targets’ associates. Richard Engel, NBC News, "Black Cube: Inside the shadowy Israeli firm accused of trying to undermine the Iran deal," 25 May 2018 Now, his reporting has led him to befriend that very astronaut., "Science and technology reporter is always learning," 9 July 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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