friend·ship | \ˈfren(d)-ˌship \

Definition of friendship 

1 : the state of being friends they have a long-standing friendship

2 : the quality or state of being friendly : friendliness the friendship shown him by his coworkers

3 obsolete : aid

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Examples of friendship in a Sentence

a friendship between two countries They have enjoyed many years of friendship. He was encouraged by the friendship his coworkers showed him.
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But the Heat has become a consideration because Anthony is said to like South Florida and the Heat organization and because of his friendship with Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who remains an unsigned free agent. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Heat meets with Carmelo Anthony in anticipation of his exit from Oklahoma City," 10 July 2018 The singer proposed to Hailey Baldwin after only a few weeks of dating (but close to a decade of friendship) during a special island engagement moon, and the model is now wearing not one but two rings on her left hand. Brittany Talarico,, "Are Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Married? See the Band She's Wearing with Her Engagement Ring," 9 July 2018 Sometimes the greatest act of friendship is to listen closely while someone pours out what’s on her mind. Steven P. Dinkin,, "A texting driver, a collision and a bad loan," 8 July 2018 Their friendship blossomed as young Bond Mill students and as Girl Scouts. Chris Folks, Laurel Leader, "Fifth graders move on in elementary school celebration [West Laurel]," 28 June 2018 Skourides' distress during those first visits to Larnaca Lapithou — which Turkish Cypriots had renamed Kozankoy — gradually gave way to bonds of friendship with Turkish Cypriot villagers. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "In split Cyprus, a homecoming digs up old conflicts," 28 June 2018 The play also addresses the importance of friendship during deployments, coping with the death of a spouse at war and what happens when your partner returns from war and has changed. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "With her husband deployed in Afghanistan, this woman is opening a play in Anchorage to give voice to military spouses," 11 May 2018 The worst introductions are bumbling at best, while the best ones are the beginnings of beautiful friendships. Southern Living, "This Is The Proper Way to Introduce People," 11 May 2018 Hugs, hand-holding, and air kisses punctuated the visit in remarkably physical displays of friendship. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "In back-to-back visits, Macron and Merkel look for manageable middle with Trump," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of friendship

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for friendship

see friend entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of friendship

: the state of being friends : the relationship between friends

: a friendly feeling or attitude : kindness or help given to someone


friend·ship | \ˈfrend-ˌship \

Kids Definition of friendship

1 : the state of being friends

2 : a warm and kind feeling or attitude

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