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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She, like Kate Middleton, is known for mixing high-low fashion, frequenting brands like J.Crew, Madewell, Aritzia, and ASOS. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a $35 H&M Maternity Dress to Visit The Mayhew," 16 Jan. 2019 Rachel invites Eleanor to meet with her at a mahjong parlor — a gambling house frequented mostly by working- or middle-class older folks who rent tables by the hour. Jeff Yang, Vox, "The symbolism of Crazy Rich Asians’ pivotal mahjong scene, explained," 20 Aug. 2018 The most frequented running route in the U.S.—and also the world—was the 5K loop in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, which garnered 98,503 attempts. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2 Things That Will Help Motivate You to Be More Active, According to a New Strava Report," 28 Nov. 2018 The award is fitting for Lauren, as his designs have been frequented by famous stylish royals, including Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ralph Lauren Will Be the First American Designer to Receive an Honorary Knighthood," 15 Nov. 2018 The four other sea-dwelling creatures that have frequented the Marlins’ new ballpark since its inception aren’t so lucky. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "This Marlins gameday tradition is coming to an end," 12 Feb. 2018 The answers: Delvaux, this weekend, and quite a lot—but New Yorkers who frequented A La Vieille Russie will be charmed to see that several elements were left intact. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Delvaux Just Opened Its First U.S. Flagship on One of the Most Iconic Corners in New York," 14 Jan. 2019 At the building in Condesa, industrial engineer Simon Zuman lost his apartment, his office and his street-level falafel counter catering to neighbors and the dog-and-stroller set who frequent the park on weekends. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018 The simple-yet-stylish suit is no surprise coming from a fashionable young royal who's previously walked the Dolce & Gabbana runway and who frequents the fashion week front row. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Amelia Windsor Hit the Beach in Ibiza and Showed Us How Royals Do Bikinis," 2 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Those trips to Disneyland might become more frequent. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and His Wife Tiffany's Marriage Is Worth More Than Money Can Buy," 10 Mar. 2019 Unpaid hours — washing her own cleaning rags at night, driving to and from distant clients, redoing work that clients weren’t pleased with — were plentiful, and repetitive stress injuries were frequent. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Author Stephanie Land on struggling against a system seemingly stacked against the working poor," 23 Jan. 2019 The gas giant is tilted 27 degrees relative to the sun, and equinoxes on the planet are less frequent than on Earth. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The winter solstice is Friday: 8 things to know about the shortest day of the year," 18 Dec. 2018 Greece is in a highly seismically active region and earthquakes are frequent. Elena Becatoros And Derek Gatopoulos, Fox News, "Cyclone warning as gale-force winds batter Greece," 27 Sep. 2018 Being Dallas, where good weather is frequent, the former Sonic carhop area is now a large outdoor dining patio. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018 Dangerous lightning strikes are frequent in South Florida. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Lightning strike kills one man and critically injures another," 11 July 2018 Currently, Metra commuters who work in the area facing the gap can either go to Deerfield, where southbound Milwaukee District North service is more frequent because a crossover switch exists in that area. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Forest weighs funding for Metra project that would increase service at west-side station," 10 July 2018 Along the leafy Woodward Avenue corridor of southeastern Oakland County, some community leaders said DTE Energy's outages seem to be out of control, more frequent and longer-lasting than ever. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "History of power outages riles metro Detroiters, DTE promises fixes," 28 June 2018

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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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