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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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  • Young Belinchon had not frequented any fairs for the past year, and avoided going on foot.

    The Fourth Estate, vol. 2 Armando Palacio Valds
  • The churchyard was now the most frequented spot in the village.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Without further words, he picked up his gun, and started out, going over the hills to avoid the frequented streets.

    The Mystery of the Locks Edgar Watson Howe
  • As for the restaurant, we frequented it, not assuredly because of the quality of the food.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • All through those years he contrived to dine without expense by making himself necessary in the houses which he frequented.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for frequented

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 frequented

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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