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 for To be friends with
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Friend \Friend\ (fr[e^]nd), n. [OR. frend, freond, AS.
     fre['o]nd, prop. p. pr. of fre['o]n, fre['o]gan, to love;
     akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love,
     OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. fr[ae]ndi kinsman, Sw.
     fr[aum]nde. Goth. frij[=o]nds friend, frij[=o]n to love.
     [root]83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]
     1. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem,
        respect, and affection that he seeks his society and
        welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes,
        an attendant.
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              Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend.
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              A friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
                                                    --Prov. xviii.
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     2. One not inimical or hostile; one not a foe or enemy; also,
        one of the same nation, party, kin, etc., whose friendly
        feelings may be assumed. The word is some times used as a
        term of friendly address.
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              Friend, how camest thou in hither?    --Matt. xxii.
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     3. One who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a
        project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter; as, a friend
        to commerce, to poetry, to an institution.
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     4. One of a religious sect characterized by disuse of outward
        rites and an ordained ministry, by simplicity of dress and
        speech, and esp. by opposition to war and a desire to live
        at peace with all men. They are popularly called Quakers.
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              America was first visited by Friends in 1656. --T.
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     5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     A friend at court or A friend in court, one disposed to
        act as a friend in a place of special opportunity or
     To be friends with, to have friendly relations with. "He's
        . . . friends with C[ae]sar." --Shak.
     To make friends with, to become reconciled to or on
        friendly terms with. "Having now made friends with the
        Athenians." --Jowett (Thucyd.).
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