- Rhymes: -ɒɡ
- To envelop in fog or smoke.
- 1953, Jean Stafford, “Cops and Robbers” (original title: “The Shorn Lamb”) in The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford, New York: Dutton, 1984, p. 432,
- Sad, in her covert, Hannah saw that her mother was now sitting straight against the headboard and was smoking a cigarette in long, meditative puffs; the smoke befogged her frowning forehead.
- To confuse, mystify (a person); to make less acute or perceptive, to cloud (a person’s faculties).
- To obscure, make less clear (a subject, issue, etc.).
- 1918, John H. Stokes, chapter 2, in The Third Great Plague: A Discussion of Syphilis for Everyday People, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, pages 15–16:
- There is only one way to understand syphilis, and that is to give it impartial, discriminating discussion as an issue which concerns the general health. To color it up and hang it in a gallery of horrors, or to befog it with verbal turnings and twistings, are equally serious mistakes.
- (transitive, of ears, mouth, eyes) to cover
- (transitive, of a draught animal) to harness (to attach a draught animal to a carriage)
- (transitive, of a person) to make someone work
- (transitive) to clamp (to grip tightly in a vice)
conjugation of befog
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Further reading Edit
- befog in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (‘The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’, abbr.: ÉrtSz.). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN
- befog in Ittzés, Nóra (ed.). A magyar nyelv nagyszótára (‘A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2006–2031 (work in progress; published A–ez as of 2023)