Befriended



to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid:
to befriend the poor and the weak.
Contemporary Examples

He befriended Britons Alan and Cindy Thompson, who were on a brief vacation in the Algarve in the summer of 2007.
Did He Steal Madeleine McCann? Barbie Latza Nadeau November 27, 2012

Maybe the theme, about James and the four friends he befriended who all played together at St. Vincent-St.
LeBron James, the Most Hated Athlete in America Buzz Bissinger June 13, 2011

In the acknowledgements section, Tyler pays generous tribute to various Israeli researchers who befriended and assisted him.
Not a Useful Contribution Daniel Gavron September 30, 2012

I befriended Christopher and his family in the fall of 2002 in the run up to that war.
Christopher Hitchens Dies: His Best Writing, Photos, and More December 16, 2011

While Palin served on the Wasilla City Council, a Democrat named Nick Carney befriended her and showed her the ropes.
Inside Sarah’s Church Max Blumenthal September 4, 2009

Historical Examples

It has been often stated that Paine was befriended by Dr. Rush, but there is no indication of this.
The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. I. (of II) Moncure Daniel Conway

Stryker had befriended him indeed, had he permitted him to drown.
The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance

Grandma profited by the good-will of those whom she had befriended.
The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate Eliza Poor Donner Houghton

Our banks have befriended the people, and never oppressed or injured them.
The Market-Place Harold Frederic

Mr. Tucker was the only one who took my part or befriended me.
History of the Donner Party C.F. McGlashan

verb
(transitive) to be a friend to; assist; favour
v.

1550s, from be- + friend (q.v.). Related: Befriended; befriending.

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