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 frequent (audio) , -​kwən-​ \ noun
frequenter noun

Adjective

frequentness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frequent

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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 Expect at least 10 species of birds to frequent your birdbath. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: What’s working to attract birds to your San Antonio winter garden," 1 Jan. 2021 Forbes, a Sykesville native, worked in cybersecurity and consulting with the Department of Defense for 16 years and used to frequent a small coffee shop close to work. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘It’s all a part of this daily reflection’: Local author Wade Forbes publishes illustrative journal to spread hope, self-care," 30 Dec. 2020 Ardaix, wearing a mask, bumped elbows with the few people walking through Rockefeller Center who used to frequent his shop. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Shoe repair stores used to be a good way to make a living. Then, the pandemic sent corporate workers home.," 26 Dec. 2020 The biggest concern, those who frequent the area say, is that that will become a full-time problem thanks to Trump’s Secret Service detail, which ex-presidents are allowed to use for life. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Where Will Donald Trump Go After He Leaves Office?," 9 Dec. 2020 Throughout his 2004 Senate campaign, Obama continued to frequent the shop for touch-ups from James Zariff Smith, pictured here. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "See exclusive photos from behind the scenes of Barack Obama's senate campaign," 9 Nov. 2020 Word got out quickly among the men who frequent the center and requests for help soon followed, Price said. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Didn't get your $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check? The deadline to request one is Nov. 21.," 22 Oct. 2020 San Francisco has sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where broad daylight drug dealing and drug use is common to stop the flow of drugs. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom’s plan to clean the air by driving gas vehicles off the road could stall out," 27 Sep. 2020 Brown said he is known to frequent the Midway area. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Homicide detectives investigating after man found gravely wounded in Midway District parking lot," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Bruce Schoenfeld is a frequent contributor to the magazine. New York Times, "Was the College Football Season Worth It?," 30 Dec. 2020 Later in the show, Melody Schreiber, a frequent contributor to The New Republic, and Rebecca Coyle, the executive director of the American Immunization Registry Association, join to discuss the challenges of the vaccine rollout. The New Republic, "How Pandemics End," 16 Dec. 2020 Some of the names were predictable, such as Mitt Romney, a frequent critic of Trump. Washington Post, "Republicans have ‘concerns’ about Trump — but won’t let reporters quote them by name about it," 9 Dec. 2020 Sylvester Smith is an alumni of the Huckabee administration, and a frequent contributor to Fox News. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | SYLVESTER SMITH: Morning on way," 26 Nov. 2020 Macgregor, a frequent Fox News contributor, is among those who argue its long past time for the U.S. to get out of Afghanistan after 19 years of war. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump laying groundwork for full US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan before leaving office," 16 Nov. 2020 Shawna Seed is a novelist and a frequent contributor to the Dallas Morning News. Shawna Seed, Star Tribune, "Q&A: Nancy Jooyoun Kim on 'The Last Story of Mina Lee'," 2 Nov. 2020 John Sturbin is a senior writer for RacinToday.com and frequent Dallas Morning News motor sports contributor. John Sturbin, Dallas News, "Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage discusses NASCAR’s ambitious 2020 restart, top four all-time drivers and more," 23 Oct. 2020 Take, for instance, the writings of Isaiah Berlin, a frequent contributor to The New York Review. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, "Grand Illusions," 21 Oct. 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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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Frequent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frequent. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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