What does befriend mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. befriendverb

    become friends with

    "John and Eric soon became friends"; "Have you made friends yet in your new environment?"


  1. befriendverb

    To make a friend of

  2. befriendverb

    To act as a friend to

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Befriendverb

    To favour; to be kind to; to countenance; to shew friendship to; to benefit.

    Etymology: from be and friend.

    If it will please Cæsar
    To be so good to Cæsar, as to hear me,
    I shall beseech him to befriend himself. William Shakespeare, J. Cæsar.

    Now if your plots be ripe, you are befriended
    With opportunity. John Denham, Sophy.

    See them embarked,
    And tell me if the winds and seas befriend them. Addison.

    Be thou the first true merit to befriend;
    His praise is lost, who stays till all commend. Alexander Pope.

    Brother-servants must always befriend one another. Jonathan Swift.


  1. befriend

    To befriend means to establish a friendly relationship with someone or become a friend to someone. It involves acting in a supportive, encouraging, or amicable way towards the individual, creating an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect, and companionship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Befriendverb

    to act as a friend to; to favor; to aid, benefit, or countenance

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Befriend

    be-frend′, v.t. to act as a friend to: to favour.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of befriend in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of befriend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of befriend in a Sentence

  1. Joe Simonson:

    You don’t think Avenatti is smart enough to try and befriend the liberal media?


    Most people live sad lives because they have they have succeeded in designing and perfecting a path to sorrow thinking they are building a road to happiness. I will be happy if I befriend or even marry this rich fool, if I buy this worthless tool, if I sit on this corrupted stool, if I drown and kill myself in a debt pool, if I wear this dirty wool, if I ride on this dangerous bull.

  3. Wendy Walsh:

    From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes sense that women are wary of being touched by strangers, women have evolved mechanisms to be choosy about whom they mate with and to fear rape by a stranger. However, touch by friends is both relational -- women tend to befriend as a buffer against stress -- and pleasurable. Touch gives a nice boost of dopamine, the 'feel-good' hormone.

  4. Cassia County Sheriff Jay Heward:

    People should keep their doors locked and not let strangers inside their homes, dont pick up anyone when you are driving or befriend anyone.

  5. Sophocles:

    The good befriend themselves.

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