Definition of be- in English:

be-

prefix

  • 1Forming verbs:

    1. 1.1 All over; all round:
      ‘bespatter’
    2. 1.2 (added to intransitive verbs) expressing transitive action:
      ‘bemoan’
    3. 1.3 (added to adjectives and nouns) expressing transitive action:
      ‘befool’
      ‘befriend’
    4. 1.4 (added to nouns) affect with:
      ‘befog’
    5. 1.5 (forming adjectives ending in -ed) having; covered with:
      ‘bejewelled’
  • 2

    1. 2.1 (added to adjectives) cause to be:
      ‘befoul’
  • 3

    1. 3.1 Thoroughly; excessively:
      ‘bewilder’

Origin

Old English, weak form of bī ‘by’.

Pronunciation

be-

/bi/