- be- [bı] prefix[: Old English; Origin: bi-, 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)
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.