What does the word befriend mean?

Usage examples for befriend

  1. She is a worthy soul, or else I do not know one, and she will befriend you readily. – The Shame of Motley by Raphael Sabatini
  2. Then I had promised to befriend him. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  3. Weary of suffering I ran away from her at last; and while wandering in a wood I met the prince, who promised to befriend me, and placed me here as poultry- girl. – The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book by Constance Cary Harrison