Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To behave as a friend to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To become a friend of, to make friends with.
  • v. To act as a friend to, to assist.
  • v. To favor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To act as a friend to; to favor; to aid, benefit, or countenance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act as a friend to; countenance, aid, or benefit; assist; favor: as, fortune befriended me.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become friends with

Etymologies

From be- +‎ friend. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Personally, I find Mexicans very easy to befriend, that is, develop friendly acquaintances.

    Political stability and other impressions

  • Rather get your staff to "befriend" their feelings by helping them articulate and share what they are experiencing.

    Dr. Hendrie Weisinger: The Emotionally Intelligent Manager--Be One!

  • In my Art of Attention posts I will offer specific direction for your attention, which will help you "befriend" of all the ideas you hold dear that aren't serving you and let them go; yielding the most sought-after openings for your body, mind and heart.

    Elena Brower: Art of Attention: Your Invitation

  • It's important to notice - become emotionally aware and acknowledge what you're feeling, and to ease and "befriend" the reaction by holding it in your heart, then letting the feeling ease out of your system.

    Doc Childre: Tips To Prevent Holiday Stress And Avoid Faking The Holiday Spirit

  • If Kerry would have been elected there would have FOR SURE been more terrorist attacks because our President has these countries by their balls and Kerry would have just opened another can of worms by tryinig to "befriend" them.

    John Kerry Concedes; Bush Wins

  • She wanted his esteem, and when he asked her to "befriend" Wolff, she knew she was never going to get it, not really.

    The Key to Rebecca

  • • Do not "befriend" people you don't know on social-networking sites.

    Berks county news

  • I can't stand her, yet she relentlessly tries to "befriend" me regardless of how hard I try to make it clear I'm not interested.

    News

  • It is the established rule of bullies to "befriend" the weak and the cowardly, and then humiliate them at every opportunity with expressions of disdain.

    The Rule of Reason

  • In an interview punctuated by Ramdev's frequent laughter and the occasional burp, he said he wanted to "befriend" gay people who could come to him for treatment.

    Taipei Times

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