befriend


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be·friend

 (bĭ-frĕnd′)
tr.v. be·friend·ed, be·friend·ing, be·friends
To behave as a friend to.

befriend

(bɪˈfrɛnd)
vb
(tr) to be a friend to; assist; favour

be•friend

(bɪˈfrɛnd)

v.t.
to act as a friend to; help.
[1550–60]

befriend


Past participle: befriended
Gerund: befriending

Imperative
befriend
befriend
Present
I befriend
you befriend
he/she/it befriends
we befriend
you befriend
they befriend
Preterite
I befriended
you befriended
he/she/it befriended
we befriended
you befriended
they befriended
Present Continuous
I am befriending
you are befriending
he/she/it is befriending
we are befriending
you are befriending
they are befriending
Present Perfect
I have befriended
you have befriended
he/she/it has befriended
we have befriended
you have befriended
they have befriended
Past Continuous
I was befriending
you were befriending
he/she/it was befriending
we were befriending
you were befriending
they were befriending
Past Perfect
I had befriended
you had befriended
he/she/it had befriended
we had befriended
you had befriended
they had befriended
Future
I will befriend
you will befriend
he/she/it will befriend
we will befriend
you will befriend
they will befriend
Future Perfect
I will have befriended
you will have befriended
he/she/it will have befriended
we will have befriended
you will have befriended
they will have befriended
Future Continuous
I will be befriending
you will be befriending
he/she/it will be befriending
we will be befriending
you will be befriending
they will be befriending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been befriending
you have been befriending
he/she/it has been befriending
we have been befriending
you have been befriending
they have been befriending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been befriending
you will have been befriending
he/she/it will have been befriending
we will have been befriending
you will have been befriending
they will have been befriending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been befriending
you had been befriending
he/she/it had been befriending
we had been befriending
you had been befriending
they had been befriending
Conditional
I would befriend
you would befriend
he/she/it would befriend
we would befriend
you would befriend
they would befriend
Past Conditional
I would have befriended
you would have befriended
he/she/it would have befriended
we would have befriended
you would have befriended
they would have befriended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.befriend - become friends withbefriend - become friends with; "John and Eric soon became friends"; "Have you made friends yet in your new environment?"
bind, bond, attach, tie - create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child"
chum up, pal, pal up - become friends; act friendly towards

befriend

verb make friends with, back, help, support, benefit, aid, encourage, welcome, favour, advise, sustain, assist, stand by, uphold, side with, patronize, succour It's about an elderly woman and a young nurse who befriends her.
Translations
يُصادِقُ، يَمُدُّ يَدَ العَوْن
přátelit se
sõbrunema
pártol
vingast viî
globoti
draudzīgi izturēties
arkadaş olmakdost olmak

befriend

[bɪˈfrend] VTentablar amistad con, hacerse amigo de

befriend

[bɪˈfrɛnd] vt (= make friends with) → se lier d'amitié avec
He was befriended by an elderly lady
BUT Une dame âgée l'a pris sous son aile.

befriend

vt (= help)sich annehmen (+gen); (= be friend to)Umgang pflegen mit; she seems to have befriended themsie scheint sich mit ihnen angefreundet zu haben

befriend

[bɪˈfrɛnd] vtmostrare amicizia a

befriend

(biˈfrend) verb
to take as a friend. The old man befriended her when she was lonely.
References in classic literature ?
Hepzibah wished that he would pass yet more slowly, and befriend her shivering solitude a little longer.
But neither great Washington, nor Napoleon, nor Nelson, will answer a single hail from below, however madly invoked to befriend by their counsels the distracted decks upon which they gaze; however it may be surmised, that their spirits penetrate through the thick haze of the future, and descry what shoals and what rocks must be shunned.
Her brothers are gone, her father is gone, her mother goeth, the Church's curse is upon her, and none may shelter or befriend her even though she lay perishing in the road.
Often I says to myself, says I, 'I used to mend all the boys' kites and things, and show 'em where the good fishin' places was, and befriend 'em what I could, and now they've all forgot old Muff when he's in trouble; but Tom don't, and Huck don't -- THEY don't forget him, says I, 'and I don't forget them.
There stood one, in physical proportion and stature commanding and exact--in intellect richly endowed--in natural elo- quence a prodigy--in soul manifestly "created but a little lower than the angels"--yet a slave, ay, a fugi- tive slave,--trembling for his safety, hardly daring to believe that on the American soil, a single white person could be found who would befriend him at all hazards, for the love of God and humanity
Not merely when a state of warfare with one young lady might be supposed to recommend the other, but from the very first; and she was not satisfied with expressing a natural and reasonable admiration but without solicitation, or plea, or privilege, she must be wanting to assist and befriend her.
At first the young man appeared about to befriend me.
If you have, don't expect me to befriend you when you get back to England.
And I begged and prayed my aunt - I forget in what terms now, but I remember that they affected me very much then - to befriend and protect me, for my father's sake.
The King enquires the way to the next town, and, understanding it is by a road which he cannot find without difficulty, even if he had daylight to befriend him, he declares, that with or without the Hermits consent, he is determined to be his guest that night.
The first man of consequence to befriend the telephone was Lord Kelvin, then an untitled young scientist.
They swore, also, that while they might take money and goods from the unjust rich, they would aid and befriend the poor and the helpless; and that they would harm no woman, be she maid, wife, or widow.