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 frequent (audio) , -​kwən-​ \ noun
frequenter noun

Adjective

frequentness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frequent

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There is a popular legend that 18th-century pirates would frequent a brothel on the cay called Love-and-Go, hence the name Lovango. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Nantucket hoteliers buy a private Caribbean island for their latest resort," 13 Jan. 2021 Expect at least 10 species of birds to frequent your birdbath. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: What’s working to attract birds to your San Antonio winter garden," 1 Jan. 2021 Forbes, a Sykesville native, worked in cybersecurity and consulting with the Department of Defense for 16 years and used to frequent a small coffee shop close to work. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘It’s all a part of this daily reflection’: Local author Wade Forbes publishes illustrative journal to spread hope, self-care," 30 Dec. 2020 Ardaix, wearing a mask, bumped elbows with the few people walking through Rockefeller Center who used to frequent his shop. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Shoe repair stores used to be a good way to make a living. Then, the pandemic sent corporate workers home.," 26 Dec. 2020 The biggest concern, those who frequent the area say, is that that will become a full-time problem thanks to Trump’s Secret Service detail, which ex-presidents are allowed to use for life. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Where Will Donald Trump Go After He Leaves Office?," 9 Dec. 2020 Throughout his 2004 Senate campaign, Obama continued to frequent the shop for touch-ups from James Zariff Smith, pictured here. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "See exclusive photos from behind the scenes of Barack Obama's senate campaign," 9 Nov. 2020 Word got out quickly among the men who frequent the center and requests for help soon followed, Price said. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Didn't get your $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check? The deadline to request one is Nov. 21.," 22 Oct. 2020 San Francisco has sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where broad daylight drug dealing and drug use is common to stop the flow of drugs. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom’s plan to clean the air by driving gas vehicles off the road could stall out," 27 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Directed by frequent Bad Bunny collaborator Stillz, the dramatic visuals conjure romance and danger, as the musicians perform in front of an ever-changing sky. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bad Bunny and Rosalía Catch Fire in Their "La Noche de Anoche" Music Video," 15 Feb. 2021 Drake, the Weeknd's frequent collaborator and fellow Toronto native, showed his hometown pride. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Drake, Dionne Warwick, more react to — and meme — the Weeknd's Super Bowl halftime show," 8 Feb. 2021 Göransson got the job because Nolan’s frequent collaborator, Hans Zimmer, was booked to score Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which is scheduled for release in October. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Early Oscar Predictions: Best Song and Score Contenders," 29 Jan. 2021 The president-elect has longstanding ties to the Palmetto State, where he's vacationed in the past and was close to the late Senator Fritz Hollings and a frequent collaborator with the state's late long-serving Republican senator, Strom Thurmond. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Jaime Harrison is expected to be Biden's choice to be Democratic National Committee chairman," 14 Jan. 2021 While more frequent and powerful storms and rising sea levels can erode coastlines and damage communities, oyster reefs halt or slow those waves and reinforce the strength of shorelines. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Can Oysters Save Our Seas?," 6 Jan. 2021 The new spring collection, launching with a striking campaign starring Gomez and lensed by her frequent collaborator Petra Collins—debuting exclusively here. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Selena Gomez’s New Rare Beauty Campaign With Petra Collins," 5 Jan. 2021 In other intriguing casting news, Nicole Kidman is Queen Gudrun, and, perfectly, Björk (whose frequent collaborator Sjón co-wrote the script) will play a witch. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "65 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2021," 5 Jan. 2021 Tafelski has been a frequent critic of O'Reilly, who has come under criticism over the past year for being out of touch during the pandemic. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "3 more candidates announce run for Dearborn mayor," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of frequent was in the 15th century

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29 Jan 2021

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“Frequent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frequent. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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