be-

aff. a prefix with the original sense “about,”“around,”“all over,” hence having an intensive and often disparaging force; used as a verb formative (becloud; besiege), and often serving to form transitive verbs from intransitives or from nouns:
belabor; befriend; belittle[/ex]
Etymology: ME, OE, unstressed form of by I

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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