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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Sylvia also befriended Haile Selassie who was forced into a five-year in exile in Bath, England after Italy occupied Ethiopia. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The British suffragette who was crowned an “honorary” Ethiopian," 25 June 2019 Although a few writers including former columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill, often befriended subjects, over the years fellow journalists told me horror stories about becoming besties with their subjects. Michael Gonzales, Longreads, "It’s Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer," 10 June 2019 His series of moves was certainly impressive, and his most clever trick was befriending the jury during his many days on Extinction Island. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Survivor: Edge of Extinction' Sparks Outrage Over Controversial Finale Winner," 16 May 2019 The 10-episode series explores what happens when a widow (Applegate) befriends a kind but possibly sketchy woman in her grief support group, Judy (played by Linda Cardellini). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s New Show Dead to Me Is Big Little Lies–Level Addicting," 3 May 2019 His orders were to befriend those natives, frustrate the unholy alliance between the British and the fledgling United States, promote commerce and pioneer a new route across the continent. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "‘El Norte’ and ‘América’ Review: The Improbable Empire," 1 Mar. 2019 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

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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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