Definition of be- in English:

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be-

prefix

1Forming verbs:
1.1All over; all around: bespatter
1.2Thoroughly; excessively: bewilder
2(Added to intransitive verbs) expressing transitive action: bemoan
3(Added to adjectives and nouns) expressing transitive action: befool befriend
4(Added to nouns) affect with: befog
4.1(Added to adjectives) cause to be: befoul
5(Forming adjectives ending in -ed) having; covered with: bejeweled

Origin

Old English, weak form of 'by'.

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Syllabification: be-

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