in·​fre·​quent | \ (ˌ)in-ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce infrequent (audio) \

Definition of infrequent

1 : seldom happening or occurring : rare
2 : placed or occurring at wide intervals in space or time a slope dotted with infrequent pines infrequent visits

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infrequently adverb

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infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time. infrequent family visits uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation. smallpox is now uncommon in many countries scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance. jobs were scarce during the Depression rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value. rare first editions sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts. sporadic cases of influenza

Examples of infrequent in a Sentence

We made infrequent stops along the way. a shut-in who made infrequent trips to the store
Recent Examples on the Web But all 10 inmates interviewed by ProPublica described infrequent temperature checks and said they were not routinely asked about other symptoms. Dara Lind, ProPublica, "The Prison Was Built to Hold 1,500 Inmates. It Had Over 2,000 Coronavirus Cases.," 18 June 2020 Other families are turning old, infrequent activities into regular weekend events. Heather E. Schwartz, National Geographic, "Parents to COVID-19: We’re taking back our weekends.," 11 June 2020 Hopefully, any annoyance at the disturbance is tempered by just how infrequent — and amazing — this event is. NBC News, "Millions of 17-year cicadas will emerge in the South, creating 'substantial noise issue'," 24 May 2020 But former officials suggested to ProPublica that audits are infrequent. Dara Lind, ProPublica, "ICE Has Access to DACA Recipients’ Personal Information Despite Promises Suggesting Otherwise, Internal Emails Show," 21 Apr. 2020 But some experts warn that free rides wouldn't solve the issues besetting many public transit systems, including crumbling infrastructure, infrequent and unreliable service, and routes that take workers nowhere near their jobs. NBC News, "'Do we care about the public?': Cities weigh free public transit amid rising costs," 17 Feb. 2020 Connecting schedules between the Northeastern Connecticut Transit District and the Windham Region Transit District are infrequent and the costs to ride on WRTD buses can be prohibitive, said Flexer. Denise Coffey,, "Emergency Housing Sought For Severe Weather Events," 7 Oct. 2019 So keep trips to the grocery as infrequent as possible, wash your hands often, and remember that these measures are for your own good and that of others. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Trader Joe’s Is Temporarily Closing Select Stores," 26 Mar. 2020 Company officials countered that excessive levels of contamination found in their sewer releases were infrequent, found in less than 1% of sampling and never jeopardized public health, the environment, or processes at the wastewater treatment plant. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "State OKs nine-fold expansion of hazardous waste company's storage, over neighbor protests," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of infrequent

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infrequent

Latin infrequent-, infrequens, from in- + frequent-, frequens frequent

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The first known use of infrequent was in 1622

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2 Jul 2020

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“Infrequent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of infrequent

: not happening often : not frequent


in·​fre·​quent | \ in-ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce infrequent (audio) \

Kids Definition of infrequent

1 : seldom happening : rare
2 : not placed, made, or done at frequent intervals The bus made infrequent stops.

Other Words from infrequent

infrequently adverb

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