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

Other Words from frequent


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


frequentness noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Antonyms: Adjective

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For those who don't frequent the discount DVD bin at Target, yes, those are all real movies released in 2021. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 7 Feb. 2022 The company recently started a loyalty program that provides discounts to customers who frequent the chain, while gaining data on their dining habits to inform its strategy. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 He is known to frequent the areas of Clark and Barbour Street. Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant, 12 Apr. 2022 Officers said Walloch was known to frequent a business in the area. oregonlive, 2 Mar. 2022 If employees do not frequent a physical workplace, the SPSL notice may be disseminated electronically. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2022 Jackson is known to frequent the Bay Area, police said. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2022 About a half-hour drive up the coast from Merino’s home in Ventanilla, tourists from Lima would frequent the beach town of Ancón at this time of year. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 Or what about William Dean Howells, who was genteel enough to frequent the drawing rooms of the rich, but skeptical enough to perceive their vanity and cruelty? Samuel Goldman, The Week, 25 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the months leading up to Buscaino’s endorsement, Caruso was a frequent target of Buscaino and his campaign. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 In this election, many have come out in full force for Ms. Robredo, the country’s vice president, who is an outspoken critic of Mr. Duterte and a frequent target of his insults. New York Times, 1 May 2022 The standards were developed by the National Governors Association but became a frequent target of Republicans after the Obama administration pushed states to adopt them. CBS News, 22 Apr. 2022 These days, frequent fliers know that health is top of mind, but reaching a doctor in a strange city may not be feasible. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, frequent fliers, who comprise 1% of the world’s population, generated half of the aviation industry’s carbon emissions. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Apr. 2022 Gate agents will typically have a list of frequent fliers who are first eligible for upgrades. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2022 Passenger revenue was 25% lower than pre-pandemic levels, offset by growth in cargo and other revenue, including sales of frequent fliers miles to credit card partner American Express. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, 13 Apr. 2022 Crombie coats are a fixture—but infused with a subtle sense of irreverence: trousers are often cut wide for a louche drape, traditional tailoring is spliced with utilitarian details, leather and punchy colors make frequent appearances. Kristopher Fraser, Robb Report, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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