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Language: Old English
Origin: bi-, be-

be-

prefix
     
be-
1 [in verbs] used to mean that someone or something is treated in a particular way:
Don't belittle him (=say he is unimportant).
He befriended me (=became my friend)
2 literary [in adjectives] wearing or covered by a particular thing:
a bespectacled boy (=wearing glasses)

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