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

Other Words from frequent

Verb

frequentation \ ˌfrē-​ˌkwen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce frequent (audio) , -​kwən-​ \ noun
frequenter noun

Adjective

frequentness noun

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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 Lumpkin is known to frequent the Ensley/Central Park area. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 10 Jan. 2022 Those keen to try it can frequent the bar at fine-dining institutions like Eleven Madison Park and Daniel, and Ralph Lauren’s coveted Polo Bar. Kat Odell, Vogue, 6 Dec. 2021 Detectives also said Stough lived in an apartment across the street from Paquette in 1996 and would often frequent the store. Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021 An American white pelican continued to frequent the vicinity of Cockeast Pond in Acoaxet, and at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, there was a king rail and a clay-colored sparrow. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 For Aracelys Ortiz and her siblings, the children of Doña Maria, managing the business is akin to taking care of family—from the people who work there, to the regular customers who frequent the restaurant. Karthika Gupta, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 July 2021 But the similarities between some of the story’s island inhabitants, and those who frequent the real-life Mustique are pretty clear. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 18 May 2021 Think of her as the Judith Leiber of today, creating shiny and saucy treats for ladies who frequent the Lower East Side. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 28 Oct. 2021 Take the musicians who frequent the Black Market Flea, for example. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Finally, one cause of frequent bathroom trips at night that should not be overlooked is obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 7 Jan. 2022 This collagen and elastin fiber-boosting cream is one of dermatologist Dan Belkin’s most frequent recommendations for strengthening sagging skin. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 His former vice president, secretary of state and a handful of Senate allies have made frequent trips to early voting states, preparing for potential campaigns and refusing to rule out running against Trump. Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, 6 Jan. 2022 As the state's chief election official, Hobbs was an outspoken critic of efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Arizona, making frequent appearances on national television to do so. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, White made frequent appearances as a celebrity guest on the popular game show. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Dec. 2021 Marcinko made frequent media appearances during his post-military career, commenting on defense matters, and worked as a motivational speaker. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 On his frequent trips abroad during the apartheid era, Archbishop Tutu never stopped pressing the case for sanctions against South Africa. New York Times, 26 Dec. 2021 Diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, cancer and many other common conditions can also interrupt sleep with chronic pain or frequent trips to the bathroom. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 4 Dec. 2021

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Frequent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frequent. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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frequent

verb

English Language Learners Definition of frequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to visit or go to (a place) often

frequent

adjective

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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