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

Synonyms & Antonyms for frequent

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Adjective

common, common or garden [chiefly British], commonplace, everyday, familiar, garden-variety, household, ordinary, quotidian, routine, ubiquitous, usual

Antonyms: Verb

avoid, shun

Antonyms: Adjective

extraordinary, infrequent, rare, seldom, uncommon, unfamiliar, unusual

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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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Yet, considering Japan’s rich culture and centuries of tradition, perhaps some of the disconnect felt by those who frequent the European design fairs can be chalked up to cultural difference. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 Just ask Jennifer Aniston, who has been frequenting the sunny hotspot with her pals for years, or George Clooney, who used to own a home there. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow Has a New Go-To Vacation Spot: Costa Palmas," 1 June 2018 The club's members had been frequenting Urban for several months. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "To make way for affordable housing, popular rock climbing gym shutters this weekend | Idaho Statesman," 25 Apr. 2018 Those who have frequented Pitchfork in the past might have noticed a man dressed in a pink t-shirts and shorts leading a crew of spontaneous dancers. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "Our 10 best moments from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017," 17 July 2017 According to the outlet, Bellissimo has been frequenting this same Chick-fil-A, which is roughly 6 miles outside Tampa, on a near daily basis, for the last 20 years. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Florida Chick-fil-A throws surprise 100th birthday party for loyal customer," 22 Sep. 2018 Kevin Mazur / Getty Images The 68-year-old rock icon grew up 10 miles from Asbury Park in Freehold, New Jersey, and frequented AP, a seaside community steeped in musical history, often during his start. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Bruce Springsteen Brings the Blues to Asbury Lanes Reopening with Blockbuster Performance," 19 June 2018 Who are the legitimate Westerners: the millionaire ranchers, the Native Americans watching their ancestral land being sold and resold, the expat city folks frequenting fancy ice cream shops? James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Yellowstone’ Wrangles Daddy Issues on the Range," 19 June 2018 The news that Bertucci’s is filing for bankruptcy has sparked a range of emotions: Some Bertucci’s loyalists are heartbroken to see their favorite spot go under; others say they’d long ago stopped frequenting the chain. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Will your Bertucci’s close? Here’s a full list of which locations will stay open," 19 Apr. 2018

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Miranda and frequent collaborator Thomas Kail will both executive produce, while Steven Levenson—the writer behind Dear Evan Hansen’s Tony-winning book—has been tapped as the series showrunner. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Michelle Williams' New TV Show Fosse/Verdon," 16 Oct. 2018 Given the consolidation of mega-brands like Marriott and Starwood, more people have elite status across big hotel chains, which makes upgrades harder to come by for less-frequent travelers. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "Leading Hotels of the World Just Improved Its Loyalty Program," 3 Oct. 2018 Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott receives plenty of criticism when matters don’t unfold in optimal fashion for the conference, an all-too-frequent occurrence over the past 12 months, both on the fields (and courts) and off. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 Power Rankings Week 5: Huskies back on top, and the fumbling of a targeting non-call vs. WSU," 1 Oct. 2018 Frequented areas: He is known to frequent North County. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's Wanted: Possessing drugs for sale," 12 July 2018 Be sure to keep the grass seed moist with frequent, light watering. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 2018 Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeing record setting crowds, despite all-too frequent warnings this summer that rip tides are making its waters dangerous. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Despite 'high risk' warning and drownings, Cape Hatteras sees record number of tourists," 9 July 2018 Farmers are dealing with more frequent, and unpredictable, bouts of drought and flooding. Emily Hopkins, Cincinnati.com, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 Computer models show that with climate change will come harsher droughts and less frequent, yet more powerful storms. Matt Simon, WIRED, "LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA," 12 June 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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