Befriend

  • 1 Befriend — Be*friend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Befriended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Befriending}.] To act as a friend to; to favor; to aid, benefit, or countenance. [1913 Webster] By the darkness befriended. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 befriend — index favor, foster, promote (organize), side, sponsor, subsidize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 befriend — 1550s, from BE (Cf. be ) + FRIEND (Cf. friend) (q.v.). Related: Befriended; befriending …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 befriend — [v] make social acquaintance; support advise, aid, assist, back, benefit, buddy up*, case out*, come on to*, cotton to*, encourage, favor, get chummy with, get in with*, help, hit it off*, patronize, side with, stand by, sustain, take under one’s …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 befriend — ► VERB ▪ become a friend to …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 befriend — [bē frend′, bifrend′] vt. to act as a friend to; help …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 befriend — UK [bɪˈfrend] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms befriend : present tense I/you/we/they befriend he/she/it befriends present participle befriending past tense befriended past participle befriended to become the friend of someone… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 befriend — /bi frend /, v.t. to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid: to befriend the poor and the weak. [1550 60; BE + FRIEND] Syn. assist, comfort, succor; welcome. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 9 befriend — [[t]bɪfre̱nd[/t]] befriends, befriending, befriended VERB If you befriend someone, especially someone who is lonely or far from home, you make friends with them. [V n] The film s about an elderly woman and a young nurse who befriends her... [V n] …

    English dictionary

  • 10 befriend — verb a charming story in which the toys befriend one another Syn: make friends with, make a friend of; look after, keep an eye on; be of service to, lend a helping hand to, help, protect; side with, stand by, encourage …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 befriend — transitive verb Date: 1559 to become or act as a friend to …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 befriend — verb a) To make a friend of b) To act as a friend to See Also: friend, friendly …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 befriend — Synonyms and related words: abet, aid, assist, avail, bail out, bear a hand, benefit, buddy up, comfort, do good, doctor, ease, favor, get acquainted, get chummy with, give a boost, give a hand, give a lift, give help, help, lend a hand, lend one …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 befriend — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. make friends with (See friend).Ant., antagonize. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. encourage, advise, stand by, make friends with; see associate 1 , help 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. make friends,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 befriend — be|friend [bıˈfrend] v [T] to behave in a friendly way towards someone, especially someone who is younger or needs help ▪ They befriended me when I first arrived in London as a student …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 befriend — be|friend [ bı frend ] verb transitive usually passive to become the friend of someone and treat them in a kind way …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 befriend — be·friend || bɪ frend v. act as a friend to; assist, aid, stand by …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 befriend — verb act as or become a friend to …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 befriend — v. a. Favor, encourage, patronize, countenance, help, aid, benefit, act as a friend to, do a good turn for, be kind to. See assist …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 befriend — verb (T) formal to behave in a friendly way towards someone, especially someone who is younger or needs help: They befriended me when I first arrived in London as a student …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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