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

While some of the networks still had functional websites on them, the sites generally were out of date and not frequented by visitors. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M," 21 Dec. 2018 Considered to be one of the oldest health resorts in the U.S., the sulfur-free mineral pools are legendary for their healing abilities, and thus frequented by tourists and locals alike. Alison Beckner, Vogue, "Why New Mexico Is the West Coast’s Best (and Most Overlooked) Wellness Retreat," 29 Sep. 2018 The activists will set out shortly after sunrise Sunday to leave one-gallon (3.79 liters) jugs of water along trails frequented by migrants in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge near Ajo, Arizona. Fox News, "Arizona clergy call activists to support migrants on border," 3 Aug. 2018 The quiet prospect with a loud game has frequented LSU's campus on numerous occasions in the past 12 months. James Smith,, "LSU, Alabama and others already chasing top Class of 2019 WR Trey Palmer," 9 Feb. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Coach is a frequent Disney collaborator, creating apparel and accessories embroidered with characters from different franchises. Glamour, "At Long Last, Fashion Is Making Cool Merch for Fandoms," 19 Apr. 2019 Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, a performance artist, author and frequent co-collaborator, said this fearlessness is what drew her to Mase’s artwork. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Seattle poet J Mase III makes his own way and teaches other trans and queer artists to carve out sustainable careers," 13 Apr. 2019 Netflix Alfonso Cuarón, the Oscar-winning director of Roma, planned to shoot the film with his frequent collaborator (and childhood friend) Emmanuel Lubezki. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma is coming to Netflix on Friday. You should still see it in a theater.," 11 Dec. 2018 This couldn’t be further from the truth, said Dunn’s friend and frequent collaborator, Jennifer Hebert, whose stage name is JenVoix. Benjamin Oreskes,, "‘You ain’t poppin’ unless you got haters’: Aspiring rapper turns L.A. commute into nightmare," 28 June 2018 Will and Kate use the helicopter almost daily to travel to royal engagements and its landing site is a frequent target for people hoping to snap a photo of the royals. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Plant a 950-Foot Hedge at Kensington Palace to Protect Their Privacy," 7 Apr. 2019 Coastal regions also face more flooding from more frequent and destructive storms, the report said, such as last year’s Hurricane Michael, which came with heavy rains that left some parts of the East Coast underwater. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "At the Water’s Edge, Seaports Are Slowly Bracing for Rising Ocean Levels," 11 Feb. 2019 There’s a perception that algae blooms are becoming more frequent and severe but federal agencies, including NOAA and the United States Geological Survey, are doing research to determine whether that is the case, Mr. Stumpf said. Melissa Gomez, New York Times, "Algae Bloom in Florida Prompts Fears About Harm to Health and Economy," 9 July 2018 William’s seizures were lengthy, frequent and severe, requiring him to wear a helmet. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati tested the marijuana drug that the FDA has just approved," 27 June 2018

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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