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[adjective free-kwuh nt; verb fri-kwent, free-kwuh nt] /adjective ˈfri kwənt; verb frɪˈkwɛnt, ˈfri kwənt/
happening or occurring at short intervals:
to make frequent trips to Tokyo.
constant, habitual, or regular:
a frequent guest.
located at short distances apart:
frequent towns along the shore.
verb (used with object)
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 forms
frequentable, adjective
frequenter, noun
frequentness, noun
nonfrequent, adjective
nonfrequently, adverb
overfrequent, adjective
overfrequently, adverb
unfrequent, adjective
unfrequently, adverb
unfrequentable, adjective
well-frequented, adjective Unabridged
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  • The paradise jacamar (galbula paradisea) frequents the more open parts of the forest, and is generally found in pairs.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • He frequents an old abbey or a manse; The ostrich eats him if he gets a chance.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • frequents fields and marshes, where it hunts to and fro after mice, which form its principal fare.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • A porpoise or small whale which frequents the river St. Lawrence.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • During the winter months it frequents the States bordering the Gulf of Mexico.

  • It frequents the mountains, and is never seen far away from them.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
  • By her account, there is not a happy couple that frequents St. James's.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II Georgiana Cavendish
British Dictionary definitions for frequents


adjective (ˈfriːkwənt)
recurring at short intervals
constant or habitual
verb (frɪˈkwɛnt)
(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 frequents



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.


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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