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

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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 Chiefly a cold-water species that frequents swift, clear rivers, rainbows often leap high above the water when hooked. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Catching Your First Fish," 11 May 2020 Second-place finisher Mr. Chow, owned by Charee Fountain of Cleveland, is a long-haired cat whose mother was a stray that frequented Fountain’s sister’s back yard. cleveland, "Louie, the suitcase-stealing dog, wins cleveland.com’s Funniest Pet Video contest (see all 12 videos)," 8 May 2020 Several recent plots have been linked to people that frequented such discussions. New York Times, "The Coronavirus Becomes a Battle Cry for U.S. Extremists," 3 May 2020 Normally, the killer whales that frequent the area are familiar to marine biologists and others who track them. Mariel Padilla, BostonGlobe.com, "Pod of killer whales makes rare visit to Monterey Bay," 22 June 2019 Third places provide the daily glue that binds us to a particular location and to the people who frequent it. Setha Low, The Conversation, "How cafes, bars, gyms, barbershops and other ‘third places’ create our social fabric," 1 May 2020 Then there’s Mort, a ghoul who frequents the Wayward and is happy to share his knowledge about the inner workings of the wasteland. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Fallout 76’s “Wastelanders” expansion makes West Virginia feel like home," 24 Apr. 2020 The town, which has a state welcome center and is one of the last stops for most people traveling to Joshua Tree National Park, collects revenue from visitors who frequent its shops and restaurants. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "In rural San Bernardino County, officials work to slow the spread of coronavirus in small towns," 15 Apr. 2020 Other creamery owners said sales at farmers’ markets have been steady, as the shoppers who frequent them specifically want to support local businesses. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus hits Bay Area’s artisan cheese industry hard," 14 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective New measures have been implemented to help ensure the health and safety for all who enter the mall, including hand-sanitizing stations, touch-free interactions, frequent and intense cleanings and social distancing directions. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands Mall to reopen Tuesday with safety measures, limitations," 4 May 2020 The requirements currently align fairly well with the natural rhythm of campaign expenditures, which tend to be less frequent further out from election day and increase in both size and frequency as Election Day approaches. oregonlive, "Here is what the 3 Democrats running for Oregon secretary of state say about how they’d do the job," 30 Apr. 2020 The researchers also noted that the ACE1 D gene is less frequent in two Asian countries severely hit by SARS-CoV-2. Loïc Mangin, Scientific American, "Do Your Genes Predispose You to COVID-19?," 30 Apr. 2020 The goal of the three-month health care worker study is to learn the rate at which people with frequent and prolonged exposure to sick patients acquire COVID-19 and develop antibodies. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Thousands of Bay Area residents will be tested for the coronavirus in UCSF- Stanford studies," 29 Apr. 2020 Hilton lobby-cleaning will be frequent, its management said. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "After coronavirus: Your next hotel stay may look like this," 28 Apr. 2020 Apologies were frequent, sincere, and free flowing to others, though less so to ourselves. Iniya Rajendran, STAT, "The view from two residents inside an ICU’s pandemic crew: Covid brain, relentless sorrow, and kindness in calamity," 22 Apr. 2020 Even police and ambulance sirens are less frequent. Dallas News, "Coronavirus has rattled life in North Texas. These 13 numbers show how we’ve changed," 22 Apr. 2020 What this means for travelers More frequent and bigger bonuses First, the good news. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airlines Look to Credit Card Companies for Cash—Which Impacts Your Points and Miles," 21 Apr. 2020

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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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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frequent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frequent. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for frequent

frequent

verb
How to pronounce frequent (audio) How to pronounce frequent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of frequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to visit or go to (a place) often

frequent

adjective
How to pronounce frequent (audio)

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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