Definition of be- in English:

be-

prefix

  • 1(forming verbs) all over; all round.

    ‘bespatter’
    1. 1.1 (forming verbs) thoroughly; excessively.
      ‘bewilder’
  • 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’
    1. 4.1 (added to adjectives) cause to be.
      ‘befoul’
  • 5(forming adjectives ending in -ed) having; covered with.

    ‘bejewelled’

Origin

Old English, weak form of bī ‘by’.

Pronunciation

be-

/bi/