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

He is known to be homeless and frequents the east side of the city. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police identify person of interest in serial killer case," 7 June 2019 Lenhart is a familiar face to the guests frequenting the shelter. Melanie Savage,, "Windham No Freeze Executive Director Is Moving On," 3 June 2019 Police said the suspect is believed to frequent the Olney Transportation Center and the Walnut/Locust station. Kelly Brennan,, "Police, SEPTA investigating sexual assault at City Hall station," 4 July 2018 The site also suggests stopping by the historical Exchange District, a charming area filled with restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries (and a place that sounds like it would be frequented by Candace's character in the film). Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'A Shoe Addict's Christmas' Was Filmed in This Bustling Canadian City," 25 Nov. 2018 Pro tip: Whale sharks frequent the waters of Isla Mujeres from mid-May through September, although peak season is July and August. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Again, just like his character in the movie, and his costar Wong, 37, used to frequent his shows. Helen Murphy,, "You Can Stream Music from the Fake Band in Always Be My Maybe — Including That Keanu Reeves Rap," 6 June 2019 The fund’s directors were appointed by Carrier, former director of campus ministry at the University and a frequent visitor to Perlitz and the Haitian orphanage. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Fairfield University, others liable for $60 million settlement ordered in Haiti orphanage abuse case," 6 June 2019 In a release asking for the public’s help to find Tharp a month after he was last seen, Gary police said he was known to frequent the area of Ridge Road and Grant Street and might be in need of medical attention. Post-tribune Staff, Post-Tribune, "Missing Gary man's body identified in Porter County," 4 June 2019 Chronic noise—like frequent exposure to road traffic and planes flying overhead—causes small injuries to the hair cells in your ear, which transmit sound signals to the brain. Meghan Rabbitt, Woman's Day, "How To Recapture Peace and Quiet In a Noisy World," 27 Mar. 2019 The experimental Cemeti Art House, which has graphic pieces from leading pop artist Popok Tri Wahyudi, and Ace House Collective both host frequent multimedia art and performances by Indonesian and foreign talent. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yogyakarta Is the Cultural Hub to Hit on Your Next Trip to Southeast Asia," 16 Nov. 2018 In a nation grappling with frequent mass shootings, Second Amendment activists have urged that more people carry guns so that they are prepared, like Nazario and Whittle, to respond to an armed threat. Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post, "Two Oklahoma citizens killed an active shooter, and it's not as simple as it sounds," 13 July 2018 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

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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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