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

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 Once used as an informal football pitch by locals, the meadow had mostly been frequented by dog walkers and drug addicts since the council, who wanted to sell the land, removed the goalposts. Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019 In addition, an employee of Blind Bob’s tells CNN that Betts has frequented the bar before, using his credit card for small tabs. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Video shows Dayton gunman in bar hours before mass shooting," 7 Aug. 2019 Princess Vladimir’s Parisian home was soon frequented by various wealthy and noble suitors, including wealthy Frenchmen and Polish aristocracy, some of whom opposed Catherine’s reign. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 2019 And our house is frequented by neighborhood kids who are no more attentive at the back door than our own children. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Thing To Do When Your Dog Won't Stay," 24 Dec. 2018 The flagship restaurant that followed is frequented by tourists and Gulch residents out for boozy brunches. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Restaurants in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Goldsberry went to high school right outside of Detroit and often frequented Toledo. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "'Hamilton' star calls CSO 'one of the most amazing orchestras in the world'," 13 Sep. 2019 Mbala was familiar with the James Madison campus, having frequented it for Valley Scholars meetings. Washington Post, "James Madison University set out to help 35 middle schoolers become the first in their families to attend college. Would they succeed?," 31 Aug. 2019 Probably not much -- Sanford, then an incumbent congressman, lost a 2018 primary for his South Carolina seat after frequenting criticizing Trump. oregonlive.com, "Drumbeat for serious 2020 GOP primary challenge to Donald Trump gets louder, but success remains unlikely," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Invasive grasses, or grasses that have encroached from other regions, can make wildfires more frequent, not just in California but nationwide, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS. New York Times, "Invasive Grasses May Worsen Wildfires, Study Suggests," 4 Nov. 2019 Despite its vast oil wealth, Iraq suffers from high unemployment and crumbling infrastructure, with frequent power outages that force many to rely on private generators. Fox News, "Iraqi security forces kill one anti-government protester, wound at least 200 more," 3 Nov. 2019 One possibility is that lying on a Trumpian scale is so unusual—so frequent, shameless and easily falsified—that people do not know how to react. The Economist, "You really can fool some of the people, all of the time," 2 Nov. 2019 That frequent resistance, and restraint, across most of the songs made the show much more riveting. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tool channel demons — and Dwight Schrute — at intense Halloween show at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum," 1 Nov. 2019 But after weeks of taking the medication, the stabs of pain became less and less frequent, and my anxiety much more manageable. Bel Banta, Health.com, "I'm a 22-Year-Old With Fibromyalgia—and Some Days I Wish I Could Detach Myself From My Body," 31 Oct. 2019 Replete with the standard amenities of suburban patio life, the family-friendly park has a nature center, frequent workshops and events, picnic ramadas, restrooms, water, playground, horse staging area and camping. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This Cave Creek hiking trail has blade-like pinnacles and quartz along its loop," 31 Oct. 2019 Fees on Coinbase Pro, a platform for the exchange’s more frequent traders, aren’t quite as severe. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Stock trading is virtually free—why isn’t crypto?," 31 Oct. 2019 Ashley Jensen, quite happy to look ridiculous, stars as a supericially glamorous London publicist semi-retired to one of those villages where murders are alarmingly frequent, and somehow fall to her to solve, as romantic subplots come and go. Robert Lloyd, chicagotribune.com, "The 10 best streaming TV shows you probably aren’t watching," 17 Oct. 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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The first known use of frequent was in the 15th century

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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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