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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.
verb (used with object)
  1. to visit often; go often to; be often in: to frequent the art galleries.

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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Examples from the Web for frequenter

Historical Examples

  • One of these was a frequenter of the Queen's chapel whom he knew by sight.

    The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories

    Andrew Lang

  • The Frenchman is doubtless a frequenter, and may easily be found.

  • I was waiting for a friend who is a frequenter of the Institute.

    Blue Lights

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • It was the custom for the frequenter to lay his penny on the bar, on entering or leaving.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • He was an acquaintance and frequenter of Sir Erasmus Dreyden.


British Dictionary definitions for frequenter

frequent

adjective (ˈfriːkwənt)
  1. recurring at short intervals
  2. constant or habitual
verb (frɪˈkwɛnt)
  1. (tr) to visit repeatedly or habitually
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 frequenter

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.

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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