[ adjective free-kwuhnt; verb fri-kwent, free-kwuhnt ]
See synonyms for: frequentfrequentedfrequentingfrequenter on

  1. happening or occurring at short intervals: to make frequent trips to Tokyo.

  2. constant, habitual, or regular: a frequent guest.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1400–50; (for the adjective) late Middle English: “ample, profuse,” from Latin frequent-, stem of frequēns “crowded, full, repeated”; verb derivative of the adjective

Other words from frequent

  • fre·quent·a·ble, adjective
  • fre·quent·er, noun
  • fre·quent·ness, noun
  • non·fre·quent, adjective
  • non·fre·quent·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·fre·quent, adjective
  • o·ver·fre·quent·ly, adverb
  • un·fre·quent, adjective
  • un·fre·quent·ly, adverb
  • un·fre·quent·a·ble, adjective
  • well-fre·quent·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frequent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for frequent


  1. recurring at short intervals

  2. constant or habitual

  1. (tr) to visit repeatedly or habitually

Origin of frequent

C16: from Latin frequēns numerous; perhaps related to Latin farcīre to stuff

Derived forms of frequent

  • frequentable, adjective
  • frequenter, noun
  • frequently, adverb
  • frequentness, noun

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