friend

[frend]
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noun

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. friedreich's ataxia,
  2. friedreich's disease,
  3. friedreich's sign,
  4. friedrich,
  5. friedrichshafen,
  6. friend at court,
  7. friend in court,
  8. friend of dorothy,
  9. friend of the court,
  10. friend with benefits

Idioms

    make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.

Origin of friend

before 900; Middle English friend, frend, Old English frēond “friend, lover, relative” (cognate with Old Saxon friund, Old High German friunt (German Freund), Gothic frijōnds), originally the present participle of frēogan, cognate with Gothic frijōn “to love”

Related formsfriend·less, adjectivefriend·less·ness, nounnon·friend, noun

Synonym study

1. See acquaintance.

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British Dictionary definitions for friend

friend

noun

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)

verb

(tr) an archaic word for befriend
Derived Formsfriendless, adjectivefriendlessness, nounfriendship, noun

Word Origin for friend

Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt

Friend

1

noun

a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker

Friend

2

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for friend
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Idioms and Phrases with friend

friend

In addition to the idiom beginning with friend

  • friend in court

also see:

  • fair-weather friend
  • make friends
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