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


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


frequentation \ ˌfrē-​ˌkwen-​ˈtā-​shən , -​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

Season two—as everyone bemoaned—was largely a dry spell, even as Jamie frequented a brothel with the bonnie prince. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "Outlander's Sex Scenes Are More Than Hot—They're Genuinely Feminist," 7 Dec. 2018 Ouisie’s Table, a Southern food restaurant on the city’s west side, was among the spots the Bushes frequented. Russell Gold, WSJ, "In Houston, His Adopted Home, George H.W. Bush Was Beloved," 2 Dec. 2018 Those frequenting the fitness aisle could practically file misdemeanor claims — assaulted by screaming labels (SUPER MEGA) and a blizzard of acronyms (MSM, BCAA, 5-HTP). Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 Two other friends of the family also frequent the landing and have also been experiencing swelling. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Man contracts flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing, could lose arms, legs," 10 July 2018 But the building where prominent figures and members of the Russell community once frequented liesdilapidated anduninhabited on the corner of W. Chestnut Street and Roy Wilkins Boulevard. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "City will revive a famed Russell chapel to tell 'a complete narrative'," 15 June 2018 Once frequented primarily by urban explorers ambitious enough to jump the fence (or search for holes), the renovated quarter-mile park now welcomes all with 360-degree views of the city. Grace Dickinson,, "Rail Park, Farm for the City open in Philly after much anticipation," 14 June 2018 Paul remained active in his retirement years; traveling, restoring cane chairs, frequenting tag sales and flea markets, and gardening. Hartford Courant,, "Paul Lester Rabenold Jr.," 28 May 2018 Deborah then went on to establish the Door as the smarter, sharper option, frequented by starlets such as Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor, who preferred monogrammed stationery and breakfast in bed to communal living. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Drug cases are frequent targets, and in 2009 China executed a Briton on charges of heroin smuggling despite calls for a reprieve over questions about the defendant’s mental fitness. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Chinese Court Sentences Canadian National to Death for Drug Crimes in Retrial," 14 Jan. 2019 The Washington Post is owned by CEO Jeff Bezos; Bezos and Amazon have been frequent targets of Trump's ire. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Dems to probe whether Trump retaliated against CNN, Washington Post," 12 Nov. 2018 The brand’s Angels, the select group of models on long-term contract, make frequent appearances on its social media channels. Hilary George-parkin, Glamour, "What's Holding Victoria's Secret Back From Body Diversity on the Runway?," 9 Nov. 2018 The mother of three, who welcomed her and William's youngest in April, just officially returned from maternity leave a month ago, so her appearances, let alone those for formal events, have been less frequent this year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Teal Jenny Packham Gown to the Tusk Conservation Awards in London," 8 Nov. 2018 The motion filed by Cohen's attorney, Brent Blakely, claimed that Avenatti's frequent media appearances and tweets could deprive Cohen of his right to a fair trial in the civil case. NBC News, "Judge declines to order Avenatti to stop talking about Cohen case," 16 June 2018 In a warming planet, few resources will be more affected than water, as more-frequent droughts, storms and changes in evaporation alter a flow critical for drinking, farming and industry. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath," 10 Dec. 2018 Carhartts are tough as nails, never pick up stains, and have a classic look that’s appropriate at most of the places I frequent. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Carhartt's Active Jac," 19 Nov. 2018 The Hong Kong Observatory said although Mangkhut had weakened slightly, its extensive, intense rainbands were bringing heavy downfall and frequent squalls. Fox News, "Typhoon lashes south China after killing 28 in Philippines," 16 Sep. 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 \
frequented; frequenting

Kids Definition of frequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to visit often We frequent the beach during summer.


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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