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frequent

[adjective free-kwuh nt; verb fri-kwent, free-kwuh nt]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to visit often; go often to; be often in: to frequent the art galleries.
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Origin of frequent

1400–50; late Middle English: ample, profuse < Latin frequent- (stem of frequēns) crowded; (v.) (< Middle French fréquenter) < Latin frequentāre, derivative of frequēns
Related formsfre·quent·a·ble, adjectivefre·quent·er, nounfre·quent·ness, nounnon·fre·quent, adjectivenon·fre·quent·ly, adverbo·ver·fre·quent, adjectiveo·ver·fre·quent·ly, adverbun·fre·quent, adjectiveun·fre·quent·ly, adverbun·fre·quent·a·ble, adjectivewell-fre·quent·ed, adjective
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  • They were, one and all, from the broadest and best to the narrowest and least frequented, very dark.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • But they were all down upon Dubuche, who frequented women in society.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • He used, however, a greater discretion in the resorts he frequented.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • As for me, I pretend not to justify them, and will only relate for what reason they frequented Socrates.

  • Waimea, Kauai, and Kealakekua bay were the two harbors most frequented by them.

    The Hawaiian Islands

    The Department of Foreign Affairs


British Dictionary definitions for frequented

frequent

adjective (ˈfriːkwənt)
  1. recurring at short intervals
  2. constant or habitual
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verb (frɪˈkwɛnt)
  1. (tr) to visit repeatedly or habitually
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Derived Formsfrequentable, adjectivefrequenter, nounfrequently, adverbfrequentness, 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.

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frequent

v.

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

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