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1(forming verbs) all over; all round.‘bespatter’
- 1.1 (forming verbs) thoroughly; excessively.‘bewilder’
- 1.1 (forming verbs) thoroughly; excessively.
2(added to intransitive verbs) expressing transitive action.‘bemoan’
3(added to adjectives and nouns) expressing transitive action.‘befool’‘befriend’
4(added to nouns) affect with.‘befog’
- 4.1 (added to adjectives) cause to be.‘befoul’
- 4.1 (added to adjectives) cause to be.
5(forming adjectives ending in -ed) having; covered with.‘bejewelled’
Old English, weak form of bī ‘by’.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.