be-
prefix Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bi-, be-; akin to Old English by, near — more at by 1. on ; around ; over <
bedaub
>
<
besmear
>
2. to a great or greater degree ; thoroughly <
befuddle
>
<
berate
>
3. excessively ; ostentatiously — in intensive verbs formed from simple verbs <
bedeck
>
and in adjectives based on adjectives ending in -ed <
beribboned
>
4. about ; to ; at ; upon ; against ; across <
bestride
>
<
bespeak
>
5. make ; cause to be ; treat as <
belittle
>
<
befool
>
<
befriend
>
6. call or dub especially excessively <
bedoctor
>
7. affect, afflict, treat, provide, or cover with especially excessively <
bedevil
>
<
befog
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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