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

Deputies had received information that Twyman, who was under investigation for felony gun possession, drove a white Kia Forte and frequented the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, Cmdr. Los Angeles Times, "34 rounds, 6 gunshot wounds and 3 sheriff’s bullets to the back. Autopsy shows how unarmed man died," 16 Aug. 2019 All three women died of gunshot wounds, had frequented the same locations and were discovered dead early in the morning. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "In Illinois City, 3 Women Have Mysteriously Been Found Murdered in 2-Week Period," 24 July 2019 Deputies received information that Twyman, who was under investigation for felony gun possession, drove a white Kia Forte and frequented the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, Tardy said. Maya Lau, latimes.com, "Video shows deputies firing 34 shots at car in killing of unarmed man, prompting questions," 20 June 2019 And other than the topic of dead bodies coming up fairly often, the office is a normal San Francisco start-up, with around 45 people bustling around and frequenting the roof deck with a view of the water. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?," 12 June 2019 Dennis Rodman, the former NBA All-Star who won five championships with the Chicago Bulls and was known for his defensive tenacity and eccentric personality, could be frequenting the Palouse and Washington State home basketball games next season. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Reports: D.J. Rodman, son of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, signs with WSU Cougars," 18 May 2019 The Red Hen — the Lexington, Va., restaurant that asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave — has been similarly slammed with one-star reviews on Yelp from people who have not actually frequented the establishment. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kavasutra Kava Bar serves its libations with a side of sexism and transphobia that has social media enraged," 10 July 2018 During that time period, Democrats frequented the movies far more than Republicans, or 12.4 percent versus 5.5 percent. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: Democrats Go to More Movies Than Republicans," 15 Aug. 2019 The downtown Seattle store is hardly more exciting than a Banana Republic and barely frequented, just a stone's throw away from Nordstrom's lavish flagship, an inexplicably weak showing in its rival's hometown. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Barneys’ Bankruptcy Shows Dangers of Luxe Department Store Expansions," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Leonard, whose Norwich terrier, Pippa, does not frequent the park, tried to make both sides happy. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "‘NO EXCESSIVE BARKING’: A Chevy Chase dog park divides the rich and powerful," 28 Aug. 2019 Leonard, whose Norwich terrier, Pippa, does not frequent the park, tried to make both sides happy. Jessica Contrera, BostonGlobe.com, "Maryland dog park divides the rich and powerful," 28 Aug. 2019 Leonard, whose Norwich terrier, Pippa, does not frequent the park, tried to make both sides happy. Jessica Contrera, baltimoresun.com, "‘NO EXCESSIVE BARKING’: A Maryland dog park divides the rich and powerful," 28 Aug. 2019 What has become commonplace for Arsenal defenders is an all-too frequent knack of calamitous errors. SI.com, "Arsenal: Promising Signs at Anfield Don't Outweigh the Same Old Glaring Deficiencies," 25 Aug. 2019 As mass shootings in America have become more frequent and more deadly, the companies that sell firearms have faced pressure to address gun violence. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Walmart, a longtime seller of firearms, is reevaluating its position on guns," 21 Aug. 2019 Sporting a golden manicure in the clip, the singer has also posted frequent 'grams of her nail art. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Best Celebrity Manicures," 19 Aug. 2019 Description: White, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Frequented areas: Gil is known to frequent Oceanside, Vista and Escondido. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s Wanted: Failure to comply with parole," 15 Aug. 2019 The commission's flights are more frequent, and the past eight years, led by 2018, have had the highest numbers of acres treated annually. Anchorage Daily News, "Extreme climate change has arrived in America. Here are the fastest-warming places.," 13 Aug. 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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