frequent

verb
fre·quent | \frē-ˈkwent, ˈfrē-kwənt \
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

frequent

adjective
fre·quent | \ˈfrē-kwənt \

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

Verb

frequentation \ˌfrē-ˌkwen-ˈtā-shən, -kwən- \ noun
frequenter noun

Adjective

frequentness noun

Examples of frequent in a Sentence

Verb

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

Adjective

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

The course was frequented by some of her former patrons. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Cassandra 'Sandy' Christian, bartender at the Whistling Oyster, dies," 10 July 2018 In May, restaurateur George Abou-Daoud closed his Hollywood restaurant Farida, which employed about 20 workers and was frequented by middle- and upper-middle class diners who paid an average of $13 for a dish. Andrew Khouri, latimes.com, "Latest minimum wage hike comes as some employers launch bidding wars for scarce workers," 1 July 2018 The house wasn't connected to a natural gas line, and neighbors and Koessel said it was frequented by squatters who had done a bunch of damage to the house even before the fire, in part because the county did a poor job of boarding it up. David North, Chicago Reader, "Architecture / Crime / Arts Historic home destroyed in fire; ex-owner furious at county for home’s demise," 28 June 2018 Bush frequented Minute Maid Park with her husband, George H.W. Bush, the 41st President who played college baseball at Yale. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros mourn the passing of Barbara Bush," 17 Apr. 2018 Dominic Guidarini and Marcy Hamilton have frequented the art show for 14 years. Denys Bucksten, chicagotribune.com, "North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair aims to create community through art," 16 Apr. 2018 The news outlet, which wrote about the incident this week, was working on a feature story about a New York City restaurant that Yiannopoulos reportedly frequents. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "Milo Yiannopoulos called for 'gunning journalists down on sight,' says it was 'private joke'," 28 June 2018 Police reportedly found the two suspects at the China Chalet restaurant that the Chicago rapper frequented earlier in the evening. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "6ix9ine Under Investigation For Involvement in Chief Keef NYC Shooting: Report," 18 June 2018 The precious presence of water is a fickle one, requiring a micro-filtration device to eek out ounces rather than gallons from seeps and springs often frequented by wildlife. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why You Need To Hike the Sonoran Desert," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The city pairs were chosen for their frequent-flier bases and their loyalty to Delta, Hauenstein said. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Delta offering more trans-Atlantic flights from non-hub cities in U.S.," 12 July 2018 Marc Short, one of the administration’s longest-serving senior aides and a frequent spokesperson for the president on television, is planning to depart by July 20, according to a person familiar with the plans. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Clear could be a boon for frequent fliers, especially in busy airports. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Airport security: TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear," 11 July 2018 Qantas frequent-flier members earn points on Ubers to and from Sydney Airport. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 Paskewitz said tick tubes are harmless to mice and their predators. Because mice have more frequent contact with ticks, this method is effective in targeting the pests in greater numbers. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ticks are appearing more frequently in backyards. Here's how to target ticks close to home.," 3 July 2018 Phone records show that Messrs. Cohen and Pecker were in frequent contact around the time of the negotiations with Ms. McDougal, another person familiar with the matter said. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Publisher of National Enquirer Subpoenaed in Michael Cohen Probe," 20 June 2018 Many of us have social networks with hundreds of friends on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, and often stay in more frequent contact with these virtual contacts than our own physical neighbors. Steven Petrow, USA TODAY, "A friend's Facebook, Instagram post may be a suicide warning sign. Here's what to do next," 8 June 2018 Neurological problems included stroke, debilitating migraine-type headaches and nerve pain, while the most frequent psychiatric diagnoses among the survivors studied were depression and anxiety. Fox News, "Ebola survivors suffer severe mental and neurological problems," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of frequent

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frequent

Verb

see frequent entry 2

Adjective

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

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More Definitions for frequent

frequent

verb

English Language Learners Definition of frequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to visit or go to (a place) often

frequent

adjective

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

: happening often

: acting or returning regularly or often

frequent

verb
fre·quent | \frē-ˈkwent \
frequented; frequenting

Kids Definition of frequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to visit often We frequent the beach during summer.

frequent

adjective
fre·quent | \ˈfrē-kwənt \

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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