- 1(in verbs) to make or treat someone or something as Don't belittle his achievements (= say they are not important). An older girl befriended me.
- 2 (in adjectives ending in -ed) wearing or covered with heavily bejeweled fingers bespattered with mud
- 3(in verbs and adjectives ending in -ed) to cause something to be The ship was becalmed. The rebels besieged the fort.
- 4 used to turn intransitive verbs (= without an object) into transitive verbs (= with an object) She is always bemoaning her lot in life.