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friend

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noun \ˈfrend\

Simple Definition of friend

  • : a person who you like and enjoy being with

  • : a person who helps or supports someone or something (such as a cause or charity)

Full Definition of friend

  1. 1 a :  one attached to another by affection or esteem b :  acquaintance

  2. 2 a :  one that is not hostile b :  one that is of the same nation, party, or group

  3. 3 :  one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)

  4. 4 :  a favored companion

  5. 5 capitalized :  a member of a Christian sect that stresses Inner Light, rejects sacraments and an ordained ministry, and opposes war —called also Quaker

friend·less play \ˈfren(d)-ləs\ adjective
friend·less·ness noun
be friends with
  1. :  to have a friendship or friendly relationship with

Examples of friend

  1. … she … got a job, made friends and managed to write a novel that hit the best-seller lists and stayed there … —Garrison Keillor, New York Times Book Review, 11 June 2006

  2. Over the last couple of years I have experienced moments of disbelief when I meet my friends in public. They look older than I think they should. —Alice Munro, In the Stacks, 2002

  3. Never had a friend like that before or since. Never laughed so hard in my life as I did with Manny. —Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997

  4. I'd like you to meet my friend.

  5. He's no friend of mine.



Origin of friend

Middle English frend, from Old English frēond; akin to Old High German friunt friend, Old English frēon to love, frēo free


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with friend


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friend

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verb \ˈfrend\

Definition of friend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act as the friend of :  befriend

  3. 2 :  to include (someone) in a list of designated friends on a person's social networking site



Origin of friend

(see 1friend)


First Known Use: 13th century



FRIEND Defined for Kids

friend

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noun \ˈfrend\

Definition of friend

  1. 1 :  a person who has a strong liking for and trust in another person

  2. 2 :  a person who is not an enemy <friend or foe>

  3. 3 :  a person who helps or supports something <She was a friend to environmental causes.>

friend·less \-ləs\ adjective




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