fre·​quent | \ frē-ˈkwent How to pronounce frequent (audio) , ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce frequent (audio) \
frequented; frequenting; frequents

Definition of frequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to associate with, be in, or resort to often or habitually a bar frequented by sports fans a restaurant frequented by local politicians
2 archaic : to read systematically or habitually


fre·​quent | \ ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce frequent (audio) \

Definition of frequent (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : common, usual a frequent practice among these people
b : happening at short intervals : often repeated or occurring a bus making frequent stops
2 obsolete : full, thronged
3 : acting or returning regularly or often a frequent visitor a frequent customer
4 archaic : intimate, familiar

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Other Words from frequent


frequentation \ ˌfrē-​ˌkwen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce frequentation (audio) , -​kwən-​ \ noun
frequenter noun


frequentness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frequent

Synonyms: Verb

affect, habituate, hang (at), haunt, resort (to), visit

Synonyms: Adjective

constant, habitual, periodic, periodical, regular, repeated, steady

Antonyms: Verb

avoid, shun

Antonyms: Adjective

inconstant, infrequent, irregular

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Examples of frequent in a Sentence


He began frequenting cheap bars. a neighborhood frequented by tourists a restaurant frequented by local politicians


We made frequent trips to town. This bus makes frequent stops. She was a frequent visitor to the museum. He is one of our most frequent customers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Once the restoration is complete, 21 bungalows will have been updated, five of which feature distinct design elements inspired by the Hollywood figures who frequented them. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "The Beverly Hills Hotel Unveils Newly Redesigned Bungalows," 20 Feb. 2019 The mother of three children said the attacker has frequented the restaurant before. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "He punched a waitress in the face. Another server had a gun in her apron, video shows," 9 July 2018 Their first stop was to be at the Steak 'n Shake that Rodney Lincoln frequented as a teenager. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Man sentenced to 80 years for KC burglary walks free on Greitens' final day," 3 June 2018 Chuck and Joyce also loved watching the variety of birds that frequented the multiple feeders in the backyard., "Charles B. Pike Jr.," 29 May 2018 Visitors who don't arrive through the tunnel come via sea, pulling into the local harbor aboard one of the many ships that frequent the docks in the summer. Kirsten Swann, Anchorage Daily News, "Girdwood, Whittier, Seward: The best of Alaska along one epic, scenic highway," 3 May 2018 Artifacts of American Indian tribes that frequented this area over 8,000 years ago have been found in the park, indicating that European settlers were not the first to visit. Shirley Macfarland,, "Take a hike at Mill Stream Run Reservation: Strong Points," 20 Apr. 2018 According to the Independent, the population of whales that frequents the Fram Strait is endangered. Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,, "Scientists discover a whale species' mating songs are as complex as jazz," 4 Apr. 2018 She, like Kate Middleton, is known for mixing high-low fashion, frequenting brands like J.Crew, Madewell, Aritzia, and ASOS. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a $35 H&M Maternity Dress to Visit The Mayhew," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Turner is concerned about the more frequent fires that consume areas previously charred, called repeated short-interval fires. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 Ohr had frequent contact with Steele before and after the publication of the dossier, and the FBI’s ultimate decision to cut ties with the ex-British spy. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "GOP rep touches off firestorm with claim FBI leaked info, used stories to get FISA warrants," 28 Aug. 2018 Climate change models predict more frequent and severe droughts across the Southwest, calling into question the sustainability of these feeding and watering operations. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Drought raises demand for water deliveries to wildlife, but it's a short-term fix," 27 June 2018 Advocates hope the service, which is more frequent and less costly than the trains that have run through Hartford recently, will ease congestion on city highways by encouraging people to use mass transit. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Businesses, Residents See Opportunity In New Rail Line," 14 June 2018 While the president did not immediately publicly react to Avenatti’s arrest, his eldest son — who had been a frequent target of Avenatti’s barbs — happily jumped into the fray. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Victory lap and accolades: Trump has, perhaps, best day ever," 26 Mar. 2019 And, through her many years in the limelight, she’s racked up quite a lot of frequent-flier miles and become no stranger to the charms of New York. Vogue, "Deepika Padukone on Hollywood, Badminton, and Living With Depression," 20 Mar. 2019 Those trips to Disneyland might become more frequent. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and His Wife Tiffany's Marriage Is Worth More Than Money Can Buy," 10 Mar. 2019 Unpaid hours — washing her own cleaning rags at night, driving to and from distant clients, redoing work that clients weren’t pleased with — were plentiful, and repetitive stress injuries were frequent. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Author Stephanie Land on struggling against a system seemingly stacked against the working poor," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of frequent


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frequent

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, ample, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, crowded, from Latin frequent-, frequens

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English Language Learners Definition of frequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to visit or go to (a place) often



English Language Learners Definition of frequent (Entry 2 of 2)

: happening often
: acting or returning regularly or often


fre·​quent | \ frē-ˈkwent How to pronounce frequent (audio) \
frequented; frequenting

Kids Definition of frequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to visit often We frequent the beach during summer.


fre·​quent | \ ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce frequent (audio) \

Kids Definition of frequent (Entry 2 of 2)

: happening often I made frequent trips to town.

Other Words from frequent

frequently adverb

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