a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
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.
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.
Idioms about friend
make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
Frēond “friend, close acquaintance” has many cognates in Germanic: Old Frisian friūnd, Old Dutch friunt, Old High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds. Frēond comes from the Old English verb frēogan (also frēon ) “to love, free, set free,” and is a derivative of the Germanic root fri-, frī- (and suffixed form frija- ), which is also the source of English free (the progression of senses is “beloved,” then “one of the loved ones,” then “one not a slave, free”).
Old English fēond originally meant “enemy, foe” (and so was the opposite of friend ), and especially in Old English poetry, “Satan, the Devil” (in Beowulf the devil is referred to as fēond moncynnes “the enemy of mankind”). Fēond has many cognates in Germanic: Old Frisian fiand, Dutch vijand, German Feind, all meaning “enemy.” Fēond comes from the Old English verb fēogan “to hate,” from a Germanic root fī - (from a very complicated Proto-Indo-European root pē-, pēi-, pī- “to hurt, harm”).
Etymologically speaking, then, friend and fiend are acquaintances, and not relatives.
- friend·less, adjective
- friend·less·ness, noun
- non·friend, noun
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How to use friend in a sentence
Your friend can even program in the amount of heat they want directly from a smartphone app.The hottest gifts to buy for the friend who’s always cold | Sandra Gutierrez G. | November 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
Don’t tell my Deadhead friends, but I favor that rule and the whole off-gridness of this trip.On mountain bikes in the Utah desert, a college reunion like no other | John Briley | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Others were the student’s friends or met him on Tinder, where he pretended to be 18, according to the affidavit.Matthew Erasquin, Arlington lawyer, accused of paying underage girls for sex | Rachel Weiner | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
That’s when Jeremy Uhrich, 42, a fellow Huntingdon dad and a longtime friend of McKenzie’s, challenged him to a cookie competition.It started as a macho bake-off between dads. Months later, they’ve delivered 15,000 cookies to essential workers. | Sydney Page | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
BYU will be told to go play in the Armed Services Bowl-Las Vegas Bowl sandbox with its little friends, regardless of record.Cincinnati and BYU are making a case for the College Football Playoff. Is anyone listening? | John Feinstein | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Alone and friendless in the city, Adam is forced to rely on his sister for his social life.
America is a nation founded, after all, by those who may have been friendless back wherever they came from.
After helping Obama pass his landmark health-care reform legislation, Specter was suddenly friendless on the campaign trail.
The Marxes were relatively friendless refugees in a city they did not know and whose language, initially, they did not speak.
The result is a friendless force uncertain of its own purpose.
She was friendless now, her daughter having died, and she thankfully came to be as a mother to Ramona.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
I was friendless before Bernadine came, and latterly we have been nothing to one another.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
How can you call yourself friendless and alone when you have a rich and noble husband like Dorian Mountcastle?They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
The result of the Bandiera episode was to leave Young Italy yet more friendless than before.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
At the same moment he saw that the girl was looking at his friendless captive.Stories in Light and Shadow | Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for friend (1 of 3)
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 supporter: a friend of the opera
be friends to be friendly (with)
make friends to become friendly (with)
(tr) an archaic word for befriend
- friendless, adjective
- friendlessness, noun
- friendship, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Friend (2 of 3)
a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker
British Dictionary definitions for Friend (3 of 3)
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with friend
In addition to the idiom beginning with friend
- friend in court
- fair-weather friend
- make friends
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