to behave as a buddy to to favor to aid benefit or countenance
- come to be buddies with
- to do something as a pal to; to prefer; to aid, benefit, or countenance.
1550s, from be- + friend (n.). Related: Befriended; befriending.
(v. t.) To behave as a pal to; to favor; to help, advantage, or countenance.
His supreme task was to befriend and guide the inner life of man.