befoe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ foe, modelled after befriend.

Verb[edit]

befoe (third-person singular simple present befoes, present participle befoeing, simple past and past participle befoed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make or become a foe.
    • 2008, John Tarolli, Road Warriors:
      Take it from me; it is helpful to remain buoyant when identifying fish to befriend or "befoe."
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To treat or behave as a foe; be hostile towards.
    • 1874, Andrew Archibald Paton, Henry Beyle (otherwise de Stendahl):
      What will the great coming Russian revolution do? Will it destroy the aristocracy, as in France, or will it leave it standing? Will it befriend or befoe the large non-Russian element of the western provinces?
    • 1953, Charlotte Ida McDow Rodman, The McDow family in America:
      M. C. Witherspoon in the presence of each other Witnessed the due execution thereof. J. J. McMullan Sworn to befoe me this 21st day of Jan. 1842.

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