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frequent

[adjective free-kwuh nt; verb fri-kwent, free-kwuh nt] /adjective ˈfri kwənt; verb frɪˈkwɛnt, ˈfri kwənt/
adjective
1.
happening or occurring at short intervals:
to make frequent trips to Tokyo.
2.
constant, habitual, or regular:
a frequent guest.
3.
located at short distances apart:
frequent towns along the shore.
verb (used with object)
4.
to visit often; go often to; be often in:
to frequent the art galleries.
Origin of frequent
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English: ample, profuse < Latin frequent- (stem of frequēns) crowded; (v.) (< Middle French fréquenter) < Latin frequentāre, derivative of frequēns
Related forms
frequentable, adjective
frequenter, noun
frequentness, noun
nonfrequent, adjective
nonfrequently, adverb
overfrequent, adjective
overfrequently, adverb
unfrequent, adjective
unfrequently, adverb
unfrequentable, adjective
well-frequented, adjective
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  • Some books were in frequent use, but others were not forgotten.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Such a course is frequent and would not give the right of complaint to anybody.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The soliloquy and aside are evidently not so frequent in New Comedy.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • Circumstances brought him into frequent contact with the natives there.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • His visits there, as already remarked, had not been frequent of late.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for frequent

frequent

adjective (ˈfriːkwənt)
1.
recurring at short intervals
2.
constant or habitual
verb (frɪˈkwɛnt)
3.
(transitive) to visit repeatedly or habitually
Derived Forms
frequentable, adjective
frequenter, noun
frequently, adverb
frequentness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin frequēns numerous; perhaps related to Latin farcīre to stuff
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Word Origin and History for frequent
adj.

mid-15c., "ample, profuse," from Middle French frequent, or directly from Latin frequentem (nominative frequens) "crowded, repeated," of uncertain origin. Meaning "common, usual" is from 1530s; that of "happening at short intervals, often recurring" is from c.1600.

v.

late 15c., from Middle French frequenter, from Latin frequentare "visit regularly," from frequentem (see frequent (adj.)). Related: Frequented; frequenting.

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