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

But whatever their private feeling, politicians have been keen to befriend a critical power-broker.
Knives Out Against Murdoch William Underhill July 6, 2011

You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Strangers in a Strange Land Emily L. Hauser September 6, 2012

Which itself, in turn, makes it harder to befriend people from the other side.
Red Date, Blue Date Megan McArdle October 29, 2012

Historical Examples

He was bound to assist us and befriend us, and to listen to our reasonable complaints.
A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Benjamin Waterhouse

Grown beyond her consoling, and knows that she cannot befriend him.
Poems William D. Howells

I know she is very childish; and I will be patient with her and befriend her, poor lonely girl.
The Doctor’s Wife M. E. Braddon

She is a worthy soul, or else I do not know one, and she will befriend you readily.
The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini

He has gone from court to court as a suppliant, but has everywhere alienated the sympathies of those most willing to befriend him.
With Frederick the Great G. A. Henty

I came to befriend you, and not to interchange words of angry meaning.
The O’Donoghue Charles James Lever

Upon this my benevolent friend thought that here was a grand opportunity to befriend me.
Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville

(transitive) to be a friend to; assist; favour

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


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