frequent

verb
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

frequent

adjective
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

Verb

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

Adjective

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

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

Other messages are calling for a march on Sunday through streets of the Kowloon peninsula that are heavily frequented by mainland Chinese tourists, ending at the West Kowloon Station. Time Staff, Time, "Authorities Begin Arrests in Hong Kong as Beijing Ramps Up the Rhetoric," 1 July 2019 The Norte Mexican Food & Cocktails restaurant in the Carlsbad Village was once the site of the Royal Palms, a happening resort and eatery that was frequented by such Hollywood types as John Wayne, Errol Flynn and Keenan Wynn. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad: Celebrated mineral spring gives rise to flowers, shopping, Legos," 28 June 2019 The area is frequented not only by professionals in the city, but by students from Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University, and Brown University. Juliet Pennington, BostonGlobe.com, "Plant City, a vegan food hall, is opening in Providence this week," 11 June 2019 The hotspot is frequented by the likes of Gigi Hadid, Jessica Alba, and Courtney Cox. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wore an American Flag Outfit With No Pants On a Night Out," 23 Jan. 2019 It is frequented by international business visitors and Kenyan elites, including senior politicians who go there to dine or hold meetings. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Kenya Hotel Complex Under Siege as Gunmen Open Fire, Detonate Explosives," 15 Jan. 2019 The San Ysidro port is frequented by Central Americans hoping for safe passage into the US. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: “Barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas.”," 27 Nov. 2018 His body was found near a swimming hole that was known by locals as the Sleepy Lagoon, a place that was frequented by Mexican-American youth. Mariana Gonzalez, Teen Vogue, "How the Zoot Suit Became a Symbol of Resistance for Mexican-American People," 21 Sep. 2018 In New York – home to the largest gay population in the U.S. – police aggressively and systematically targeted places frequented by gay men. Chad Painter, The Conversation, "How the New York media covered the Stonewall riots," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The toilet robot will join other protests during the 4th of July including a flag burning and the distribution of T-shirts honoring the late Sen. John McCain, a frequent Trump target. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "16-foot-tall 'Dumping Trump' robot to join protests during president's 4th of July speech," 3 July 2019 Well, the Knicks just used the third pick in the draft on Duke star R.J. Barrett, who has been a frequent target of basketball fans for his apparently selfish play. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "All Cap Space, No Substance: Knicks Think They’re Something, but They’re Nothing," 1 July 2019 The lineup is headlined by one of the president’s most frequent Twitter targets: former Vice President Joe Biden, along with fellow front-runners in the polls Sens. NBC News, "How often Trump is mentioned by the Democratic candidates on Night Two of the presidential primary debate (live updates)," 28 June 2019 In past years, black transgender women have also been the most frequent targets of fatal violence. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Cory Booker Called for Protection of Black Transgender Women During Democratic Debate," 27 June 2019 Powell, a Republican who was nominated by Trump for the job, but has been a frequent target of the president’s ire after raising interest rates four times last year. Washington Post, "Federal Reserve expresses concern about U.S. economy and signals interest rate cuts are likely coming," 20 June 2019 As the country's second-biggest employer, the fast-food chain is a frequent target of labor activists and Democrats seeking office. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Democratic candidates find an easy target in McDonald's pay," 20 June 2019 Powell, a Republican who was nominated by Trump for the job, but has been a frequent target of the president's ire after raising interest rates four times last year. Anchorage Daily News, "Federal Reserve expresses concern about US economy, signals likely interest rate cut soon," 19 June 2019 Cabinet officials are frequent targets of Hatch Act investigations. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Analysis: What is the Hatch Act, and how did Kellyanne Conway violate it?," 13 June 2019

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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

Adjective and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce frequent (audio) \
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 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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