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friend

 (frĕnd)
n.
1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.
5. Friend A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.
tr.v. friend·ed, friend·ing, friends
1. Informal To add (someone) as a friend on a social networking website.
2. Archaic To befriend.
Idiom:
be friends with
To be a friend of: I am friends with my neighbor.

[Middle English, from Old English frēond; see prī- in Indo-European roots.]

friend′less adj.
friend′less·ness n.
Word History: The relationship between Latin amīcus, "friend," and amō, "I love," is clear, as is the relationship between Greek philos, "friend," and phileō, "I love." In English, though, we have to go back a millennium before we see the verb that we can easily connect to friend. Frēond, the Old English source of Modern English friend, is related to the Old English verb frēon, "to love, like, honor, set free (from slavery or confinement)." Specifically, frēond comes from the present participle of the Germanic ancestor of Old English frēon and thus originally meant "one who loves." (The Old English verb frēon, "to love, set free," by the way, survives today in Modern English as to free.) The Germanic root of frēond and frēon is *frī-, which meant "to like, love, be friendly to." Closely linked to these concepts is that of "peace," and in fact Germanic made a noun from this root, *frithu-, meaning exactly that. Ultimately descended from this noun are the personal names Frederick, "peaceful ruler," and Siegfried, "victory peace." The root also shows up in the name of the Germanic deity Frigg, the goddess of love, who lives on today in the word Friday, "day of Frigg," from an ancient translation of Latin Veneris diēs, "day of Venus."

friend

(frɛnd)
n
1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
2. an acquaintance or associate
3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc
5. a patron or supporter: a friend of the opera.
6. be friends to be friendly (with)
7. make friends to become friendly (with)
vb (tr)
8. (Communications & Information) to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social networking website
9. an archaic word for befriend
[Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt]
ˈfriendless adj
ˈfriendlessness n
ˈfriendship n

Friend

(frɛnd)
n
(Protestantism) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker

Friend

(frɛnd)
n
(Mountaineering) 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

(frɛnd)

n.
1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
4. a member of the same nation, party, etc.
5. (cap.) a member of the Society of Friends; Quaker.
v.t.
6. Archaic. to befriend.
Idioms:
make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
[before 900; Middle English friend, frend, Old English frēond friend, lover, relative (c. Old Saxon friund, Old High German friunt), orig. present participle of frēogan to love]
friend′less, adj.
friend′less•ness, n.
syn: See acquaintance.

friend

1. 'friend'

Your friends are people you know well and like spending time with. You can refer to a friend who you know very well as a good friend or a close friend.

He's a good friend of mine.
A close friend told me about it.

If someone has been your friend for a long time, you can refer to them as an old friend. He or she is not necessarily an old person.

I went back to my hometown and visited some old friends.
2. 'be friends with'

If someone is your friend, you can say that you are friends with them.

You used to be good friends with him, didn't you?
I also became friends with Melanie.

friend


Past participle: friended
Gerund: friending

Imperative
friend
friend
Present
I friend
you friend
he/she/it friends
we friend
you friend
they friend
Preterite
I friended
you friended
he/she/it friended
we friended
you friended
they friended
Present Continuous
I am friending
you are friending
he/she/it is friending
we are friending
you are friending
they are friending
Present Perfect
I have friended
you have friended
he/she/it has friended
we have friended
you have friended
they have friended
Past Continuous
I was friending
you were friending
he/she/it was friending
we were friending
you were friending
they were friending
Past Perfect
I had friended
you had friended
he/she/it had friended
we had friended
you had friended
they had friended
Future
I will friend
you will friend
he/she/it will friend
we will friend
you will friend
they will friend
Future Perfect
I will have friended
you will have friended
he/she/it will have friended
we will have friended
you will have friended
they will have friended
Future Continuous
I will be friending
you will be friending
he/she/it will be friending
we will be friending
you will be friending
they will be friending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been friending
you have been friending
he/she/it has been friending
we have been friending
you have been friending
they have been friending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been friending
you will have been friending
he/she/it will have been friending
we will have been friending
you will have been friending
they will have been friending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been friending
you had been friending
he/she/it had been friending
we had been friending
you had been friending
they had been friending
Conditional
I would friend
you would friend
he/she/it would friend
we would friend
you would friend
they would friend
Past Conditional
I would have friended
you would have friended
he/she/it would have friended
we would have friended
you would have friended
they would have friended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.friend - a person you know well and regard with affection and trustfriend - a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
alter ego - a very close and trusted friend who seems almost a part of yourself
amigo - a friend or comrade
best friend - the one friend who is closest to you
comrade, brother - used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement; "Greetings, comrade!"
buddy, chum, crony, pal, sidekick, brother - a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
companion, comrade, familiar, fellow, associate - a friend who is frequently in the company of another; "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"
confidant, intimate - someone to whom private matters are confided
flatmate - an associate who shares an apartment with you
girlfriend - any female friend; "Mary and her girlfriend organized the party"
light - a person regarded very fondly; "the light of my life"
mate - informal term for a friend of the same sex
roomie, roommate, roomy - an associate who shares a room with you
schoolfriend - a friend who attends the same school
2.friend - an associate who provides cooperation or assistancefriend - an associate who provides cooperation or assistance; "he's a good ally in fight"
associate - a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor; "he had to consult his associate before continuing"
blood brother - a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother
foe, enemy - a personal enemy; "they had been political foes for years"
3.friend - a person with whom you are acquaintedfriend - a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
bunkmate - someone who occupies the same sleeping quarters as yourself
campmate - someone who lives in the same camp you do
connection - (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship); "he has powerful connections"
end man - a man at one end of a row of people
homeboy - a male friend from your neighborhood or hometown
messmate - (nautical) an associate with whom you share meals in the same mess (as on a ship)
pickup - a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
class fellow, classmate, schoolfellow, schoolmate - an acquaintance that you go to school with
4.friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
anglophil, anglophile - an admirer of England and things English
believer, truster - a supporter who accepts something as true
Boswell - a devoted admirer and recorder of another's words and deeds
cheerleader - an enthusiastic and vocal supporter; "he has become a cheerleader for therapeutic cloning"
Confederate - a supporter of the Confederate States of America
corporatist - a supporter of corporatism
enthusiast, partizan, partisan - an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
Francophil, Francophile - an admirer of France and everything French
free trader - an advocate of unrestricted international trade
functionalist - an adherent of functionalism
Jacobite - a supporter of James II after he was overthrown or a supporter of the Stuarts
loyalist, stalwart - a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
New Dealer - a supporter of the economic policies in the United States known as the New Deal
Graecophile, philhellene, philhellenist - an admirer of Greece and everything Greek
mainstay, pillar - a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"
Roundhead - a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War
seconder - someone who endorses a motion or petition as a necessary preliminary to a discussion or vote
Shavian - an admirer of G. B. Shaw or his works
endorser, indorser, ratifier, subscriber - someone who expresses strong approval
well-wisher, sympathiser, sympathizer - someone who shares your feelings or opinions and hopes that you will be successful
toaster, wassailer - someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the health of success of someone or some venture
maintainer, sustainer, upholder - someone who upholds or maintains; "firm upholders of tradition"; "they are sustainers of the idea of democracy"
verifier, voucher - someone who vouches for another or for the correctness of a statement
Whig - a supporter of the American Revolution
5.friend - a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)Friend - a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
Quakers, Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends - a Christian sect founded by George Fox about 1660; commonly called Quakers
Christian - a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination

friend

noun
1. companion, pal, mate (informal), buddy (informal), partner, china (Brit. & S. African informal), familiar, best friend, intimate, cock (Brit. informal), close friend, comrade, chum (informal), crony, alter ego, confidant, playmate, confidante, main man (slang, chiefly U.S.), soul mate, homeboy (slang, chiefly U.S.), cobber (Austral. or old-fashioned N.Z. informal), bosom friend, boon companion, Achates I had a long talk with my best friend.
companion rival, enemy, opponent, competitor, foe, adversary, antagonist
2. supporter, ally, associate, sponsor, advocate, patron, backer, partisan, protagonist, benefactor, adherent, well-wisher the Friends of Birmingham Royal Ballet
Quotations
"A friend should bear his friend's infirmities" [William Shakespeare Julius Caesar]
"The belongings of friends are common" [Aristotle]
"My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake" [Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics]
"Friends are born, not made" [Henry Adams The Education of Henry Adams]
"True happiness"
"Consists not in the multitude of friends,"
"But in the worth and choice" [Ben Jonson Cynthia's Revels]
"Friends are God's apology for relatives" [Hugh Kingsmill]
"Old friends are the best. King James used to call for his old shoes; for they were easiest for his feet" [John Seldon Table Talk]
"Old friends are the blessing of one's later years - half a word conveys one's meaning" [Horace Walpole]
"The only way to have a friend is to be one" [Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays: First Series]
"Of two close friends, one is always the slave of the other" [Mikhail Lermontov A Hero of Our Time]
Proverbs
"A friend in need is a friend indeed"

friend

noun
1. A person whom one knows well, likes, and trusts:
Informal: bud, buddy.
Slang: sidekick.
2. A person whom one knows casually:
3. A person who supports or champions an activity, cause, or institution, for example:
Informal: angel.
Translations
صَديقصَدِيقنَصير
přítelpřítelkyněholkakamarádkluk
vendyrevenkammerat
sõber
ystäväkaveri
दोस्तमित्र
prijateljprijateljicaprijateljudečkodjevojka
barátbarát1barátnőpártolója
vinurvinkonavinstúlka
友だち友人友達
친구
amicaamicus
be draugųdraugassusidraugauti
draugslabvēlis
bevriend zijn metvriend
amiciubitprieten
prijateljprijateljica
vänväninnaflickvängynnahjälpa
เพื่อน
دوست
bạn

friend

[frend] Namigo/a m/f; (at school, work etc) → compañero/a m/f
friend! (Mil) → ¡gente de paz!
a friend of mineun amigo mío
he's no friend of mineno es mi amigo, no es amigo mío
a friend of the familyun amigo de la familia
let's be friendshagamos las paces
to be friends with sbser amigo de algn
we're the best of friendssomos muy amigos
we're just good friendssomos sólo amigossomos amigos nada más
to make friends with sbhacerse amigo de algn, trabar amistad con algn
he makes friends easilyhace amigos con facilidad
he is no friend to violenceno es partidario de la violencia
to have a friend at court (fig) → tener enchufe
the Society of Friends (Rel) → los cuáqueros
Friends of the EarthAmigos mpl de la Tierra
Friends of the National TheatreAsociación f de Amigos del Teatro Nacional
a friend in need is a friend indeeden las malas es cuando se conoce a los amigos
see also learned

friend

[ˈfrɛnd] n
[person] → ami(e) m/f
to be friends → être amis(amies)
to be friends with sb → être ami(e) avec qn
to make friends → se faire des amis
to make friends with sb → se lier avec qn, se lier d'amitié avec qn
[organization, country] → ami(e) m/f
the friends of Birmingham Royal Ballet → les amis du Royal Ballet de Birmingham

friend

n
Freund(in) m(f); (less intimate) → Bekannte(r) mf; to become or make friends with somebodysich mit jdm anfreunden, mit jdm Freundschaft schließen; to make a friend of somebodysich (dat)jdn zum Freund machen; he makes friends easilyer findet leicht Freunde; she’s a friend of minesie ist eine Freundin/eine Bekannte von mir; he’s no friend of mineer ist nicht mein Freund; to be friends with somebodymit jdm befreundet sein, jds Freund(in) sein; I’m not friends with her any moresie ist nicht mehr meine Freundin; be a friendsei so lieb; we’re just (good) friendsda ist nichts, wir sind nur gut befreundet; my honourable (Brit Parl) /learned (Jur) friendmein verehrter (Herr) Kollege, meine verehrte (Frau) Kollegin; a friend at court (fig)ein einflussreicher Freund; a friend in need is a friend indeed (Prov) → Freunde in der Not gehen tausend auf ein Lot (Prov)
(= helper, supporter)Freund(in) m(f); he’s a friend of the artser ist Förderer der schönen Künste; the Friends of the National Theatredie Freunde pldes Nationaltheaters
(Rel) FriendQuäker(in) m(f); Society of FriendsQuäker pl

friend

[frɛnd] namico/a; (at school) → compagno/a; (at work) → collega m/f
a friend of mine → un(a) mio/a amico/a
to make friends with sb → fare amicizia con qn
let's be friends → facciamo pace
we're just good friends → siamo solo buoni amici

friend

(frend) noun
1. someone who knows and likes another person very well. He is my best friend.
2. a person who acts in a friendly and generous way to people etc he or she does not know. a friend to animals.
ˈfriendless adjective
without friends. alone and friendless.
ˈfriendly adjective
kind and willing to make friends. She is very friendly to everybody.
ˈfriendship noun
1. the state of being friends. Friendship is a wonderful thing.
2. a particular relationship between two friends. Our friendship grew through the years.
make friends (with)
to start a friendly relationship; to become friends with someone. The child tried to make friends with the dog.

friend

صَدِيق přítel ven Freund φίλος amigo ystävä ami prijatelj amico 友だち 친구 vriend venn przyjaciel amigo друг vän เพื่อน arkadaş bạn 朋友

friend

n amigo -ga mf
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Having warbled his thanks and put the potions in his boots, Hugo departed, and Hagar informed the audience that as he had killed a few of her friends in times past, she had cursed him, and intends to thwart his plans, and be revenged on him.
There never was such a woman for givin' away vittles and drink, clothes and firin'," replied Hannah, who had lived with the family since Meg was born, and was considered by them all more as a friend than a servant.
No gentleman were admitted, so Jo played male parts to her heart's content and took immense satisfaction in a pair of russet leather boots given her by a friend, who knew a lady who knew an actor.
For ten years he had but one friend, another old man named John Spaniard who owned a tree nursery.
But what has your friend Professor Bumper to do with it?
I have some very close friends and the best moments we have shared have been simply from spending time in either of our homes.
Or it's deeper, like you're good at making new friends while she struggles with social skills.
What NBC's blockbuster sitcom did in its decade in prime time was make us think about friends - about the ones we have or those we wish we had.
Beth took me more than once to skanky dyke bars down in the Mission District, where we'd knock back beers while listening to a jukebox (which I had never seen in a gay men's bar) and chatting with her friends of all stripes: aggressive young motorcycle dykes, awkward glasses-wearing intellectuals, goodtime party girls who looked like they had just found homosexual paradise.
According to a recent study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), teenage girls are far more likely to drink if their friends drink.

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