friend

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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.

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

Synonyms for friend

Synonym study

1. See acquaintance.

Antonyms for friend

1, 4. enemy, foe.
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British Dictionary definitions for friending

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

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
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Word Origin and History for friending

friend

n.

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.

friend

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with friending

friend

In addition to the idiom beginning with friend

  • friend in court

also see:

  • fair-weather friend
  • make friends
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