1. become friends with
; - Example: "John and Eric soon became friends"- Example: "Have you made friends yet in your new environment?"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Befriend \Be*friend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Befriended; p. pr.
& vb. n. Befriending.]
To act as a friend to; to favor; to aid, benefit, or
By the darkness befriended. --Longfellow.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: become friends with; "John and Eric soon became friends";
"Have you made friends yet in your new environment?"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "befriend":
abet, aid, assist, avail, bail out, bear a hand, benefit, buddy up,
comfort, do good, doctor, ease, favor, get acquainted,
get chummy with, give a boost, give a hand, give a lift, give help,
help, lend a hand, lend one aid, make friends with,
play footsie with, proffer aid, protect, rally, reclaim, redeem,
relieve, remedy, render assistance, rescue, restore, resuscitate,
revive, save, scrape acquaintance with, set up, shake hands with,
succor, take in tow, take up with, win friends
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
BEFRIEND, v.t. To make an ingrate.