be-

b

I. prefix

1. forming verbs:
2. all over; all round

bespatter.
3. thoroughly; excessively

bewilder.
4. (added to intransitive verbs) expressing transitive action

bemoan.
5. (added to adjectives and nouns) expressing transitive action

befool
befriend.
6. (added to nouns) affect with

befog.
7. (added to adjectives) cause to be

befoul.
8. (forming adjectives ending in -ed) having; covered with

bejewelled.
– origin Old English, weak form of ‘by’.

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