- a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
- a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
- a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
- a member of the same nation, party, etc.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
- a person associated with another as a contact on a social media website: We've never met, but we're Facebook friends.
- Rare. to befriend.
- to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social media website: I just friended a couple of guys in my class.
- make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
Origin of friend
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Examples from the Web for friending
How can I get my kids off their electronic devices and outside to play with their friends instead of friending them online?Facebook Aims Low, May Allow the Under-13 Crowd to Sign Up
June 5, 2012
What friending was 't you gave us on the day You drove us out of Athens?The Mortal Gods and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
All the time I knew perfectly well that the great show of honour and "friending" was not for me alone.
But all the time I knew perfectly well that the great show of honor and "friending" was not for me alone.The Story of My Life
- a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker
- trademark mountaineering a device consisting of a shaft with double-headed spring-loaded cams that can be wedged in a crack to provide an anchor point
- a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
- an acquaintance or associate
- an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
- a fellow member of a party, society, etc
- a patron or supportera friend of the opera
- be friends to be friendly (with)
- make friends to become friendly (with)
- (tr) an archaic word for befriend
Word Origin and History for friending
Old English freond "friend," present participle of freogan "to love, to favor," from Proto-Germanic *frijojanan "to love" (cf. Old Norse frændi, Old Frisian friund, Middle High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds "friend," all alike from present participle forms). Related to Old English freo "free" (see free (adj.)).
Meaning "a Quaker" (a member of the Society of Friends) is from 1670s. Feond ("fiend," originally "enemy") and freond often were paired alliteratively in Old English; both are masculine agent nouns derived from present participle of verbs, but are not directly related to one another (see fiend). Related: Friends.
in the Facebook sense, attested from 2005, from the noun, but friend has been used as a verb in English since late 14c. Related: Friended; friending. Old English had freonsped "an abundance of friends" (see speed (n.)); freondleast "want of friends;" freondspedig "rich in friends", all of which would be useful now.