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fond 1

adj. fond·er, fond·est
1. Having a strong liking, inclination, or affection: fond of ballet; fond of my nieces and nephews.
2. Affectionate; tender: a fond embrace.
3. Immoderately affectionate or indulgent; doting: fond grandparents who tended to spoil the child.
4. Cherished; dear: my fondest hopes.
5. Archaic Naively credulous or foolish.

[Middle English fonned, foolish, probably from past participle of fonnen, to be foolish, probably from fonne, fool.]

fond′ly adv.
fond′ness n.

fond 2

The background of a design in lace.

[French, from Old French fonds, fond, from Latin fundus, bottom.]
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1. (foll by: of) predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
2. loving; tender: a fond embrace.
3. indulgent; doting: a fond mother.
4. (of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realized: he had fond hopes of starting his own business.
5. archaic or dialect
a. foolish
b. credulous
[C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool]
ˈfondly adv
ˈfondness n


(fɒnd; French fɔ̃)
1. (Clothing & Fashion) the background of a design, as in lace
2. obsolete fund; stock
[C17: from French, from Latin fundus bottom; see fund]
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adj. , -er, -est.
1. having a liking or affection for (usu. fol. by of): to be fond of animals.
2. loving; affectionate: to give someone a fond look.
3. excessively tender or indulgent; doting: a fond parent.
4. cherished with strong or unreasoning feeling: to nourish fond hopes of becoming president.
5. Archaic.
a. foolish or silly.
b. foolishly credulous or trusting.
[1300–50; Middle English fonnen to be foolish]


(fɒnd; Fr. fɔ̃)

n., pl. fonds (fondz; Fr. fôn).
background; foundation.
[1655–65; < French; see fund]
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- First meant "foolish, silly."
See also related terms for silly.
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 a stock of money or of goods. See also store.
Examples: fond of appreciation, 1872; of money, 1673; of physick, 1707; of wit, 1704.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fond - having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace"
loving - feeling or showing love and affection; "loving parents"; "loving glances"
2.fond - extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgentfond - extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent; "adoring grandparents"; "deceiving her preoccupied and doting husband with a young captain"; "hopelessly spoiled by a fond mother"
loving - feeling or showing love and affection; "loving parents"; "loving glances"
3.fond - (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for; "fond of chocolate"; "partial to horror movies"
inclined - (often followed by `to') having a preference, disposition, or tendency; "wasn't inclined to believe the excuse"; "inclined to be moody"
4.fond - absurd or silly because unlikely; "fond hopes of becoming President"; "fond fancies"
foolish - devoid of good sense or judgment; "foolish remarks"; "a foolish decision"
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2. unrealistic, empty, naive, vain, foolish, deluded, indiscreet, credulous, overoptimistic, delusive, delusory, absurd My fond hope is that we'll be ready on time.
unrealistic sensible, rational
fond of
3. attached to, in love with, keen on, attracted to, having a soft spot for, enamoured of I am very fond of Michael.
4. keen on, into (informal), hooked on, partial to, having a soft spot for, having a taste for, addicted to, having a liking for, predisposed towards, having a fancy for He was fond of marmalade
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Feeling and expressing affection:
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بَعيد المَنال، بَعيد التَّحَقُّقمولَع، مُغْرَم
ástríkurkjánalegur, óraunsær
rad imeti


[fɒnd] ADJ (fonder (compar) (fondest (superl)))
1. to be fond of sbtener cariño a algn, querer mucho a algn
I am very fond of Ingaa Inga le tengo mucho cariño or la quiero mucho
they were very fond of each otherse tenían mucho cariño, se querían mucho
I've become or grown fond of himme he encariñado con él, le he cogido cariño
2. to be fond of sth: she is very fond of marmalade/shoppingle gusta mucho la mermelada/ir de compras
she is very fond of animalsle gustan mucho los animales
he's very fond of his old minile tiene mucho cariño a su viejo mini
he is very fond of handing out advice (pej) → es demasiado aficionado a dar consejos
he became or grew very fond of gardeningle cogió gusto a la jardinería
3. (= affectionate) [wife, parent, relative] → cariñoso, afectuoso
she gave him a fond smilele sonrió cariñosa
they exchanged fond looksintercambiaron miradas cariñosas
to bid sb a fond farewell; bid a fond farewell to sbdespedirse de algn cariñosamente
see also absence
4. (= pleasant) to have fond memories of sthtener muy buenos recuerdos de algo
5. (= foolish) [belief, hope] → ingenuo, vano
in the fond belief thatcon la ingenua or vana creencia de que
6. (= fervent) [wish] → ferviente
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[ˈfɒnd] adj
[person] to be fond of sb → aimer beaucoup qn
I'm very fond of her → Je l'aime beaucoup.
to be fond of sth → aimer bien qch
to be fond of doing sth → aimer bien faire qch
[look, smile] → affectueux/euse
very fond memories of sth → de très bons souvenirs de qch
(= naive) [wish, belief] → naïf(naïve)
in the fond hope that ... → dans le vain espoir que ...
in the fond belief that ... → en croyant naïvement que ...
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adj (+er)
to be fond of somebodyjdn gernhaben or mögen; to be fond of somethingetw mögen; she is very fond of animalssie hat Tiere sehr gern, sie ist sehr tierlieb(end); I’m not enormously fond of Shaw’s playsich bin kein großer Freund von Shaws Stücken; the two were very fond of each otherdie beiden hatten or mochten einander sehr gern; I am fonder of Michael than James, but I am fondest of Adrianich habe Michael lieber als James, aber Adrian habe ich am liebsten; to become or grow fond of somebody/somethingjdn/etw lieb gewinnen; he became very fond of the gardender Garten ist ihm sehr lieb geworden or sehr ans Herz gewachsen; to be fond of doing somethingetw gern tun; she was fond of shoppingsie ging gern einkaufen; he is very fond of telling us about the warer erzählt uns mit Vorliebe vom Krieg
(= loving) husband, parent, relative, look, smileliebevoll; friendlieb; she gave him a fond smilesie lächelte ihn liebevoll an; to bid somebody a fond farewellsich liebevoll von jdm verabschieden; they’re saying their fond farewellssie nehmen zärtlich voneinander Abschied; to have fond memories of somethingschöne Erinnerungen an etw (acc)haben, sich gern an etw (acc)erinnern; fondest regardsmit lieben Grüßen ? absence a
(= fervent) hope, dream, wishsehnlich; his fondest wishsein sehnlichster Wunsch, sein Herzenswunsch
(= foolish, vain) beliefnaiv; hopetöricht (geh); in the fond hope/belief that …in der vergeblichen Hoffnung, dass …; he has fond hopes of winninger bildet sich (dat)tatsächlich ein, gewinnen zu können
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[fɒnd] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (loving, memory, look) → affettuoso/a, tenero/a; (doting) → che stravede; (foolish, hope, desire) → vano/a
to be fond of sb → voler bene a qn
she's fond of swimming → le piace nuotare
she's fond of dogs → le piacciono i cani
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(fond) adjective
1. loving. fond looks; a fond husband.
2. (of wishes, hopes etc) unlikely to be fulfilled. His fond ambition was to be a film star.
ˈfondly adverb
ˈfondness noun
(especially with for) affection; liking. her fondness for children.
fond of
having a liking for. He is very fond of dogs.
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The interests of his regiment took an important place in Vronsky's life, both because he was fond of the regiment, and because the regiment was fond of him.
"He isna cliver enough for thee, happen, but he'd ha' been very good t' thee--he's as handy as can be at doin' things for me when I'm bad, an' he's as fond o' the Bible an' chappellin' as thee art thysen.
Though totally without accomplishments, she is by no means so ignorant as one might expect to find her, being fond of books and spending the chief of her time in reading.
My father was very fond of Byron, and I must before this have known that his poems were in our bookcase.
He seemed very fond of walking but he had a way of sitting or lying down for a while and then getting up in a disconcerting manner to begin again.
Griffiths was amusing; he would help them to get through the evening; and Philip was so fond of them both that he wanted them to know and to like one another.
But that I am fond of Wisdom, and often too fond, is because she remindeth me very strongly of Life!
She was fond of all boy's plays, and greatly preferred cricket not merely to dolls, but to the more heroic enjoyments of infancy, nursing a dormouse, feeding a canary-bird, or watering a rose-bush.
Anne, despite her affection for Rusty, was not especially fond of cats, but Mrs.
But in his stead, Mr Allworthy hath lately taken Mr Abraham Adams into his house, of whom Sophia is grown immoderately fond, and declares he shall have the tuition of her children.
"But you have been so pleased with him since then; he has begun to feel quite sure that you are fond of him."
I could never have done it if I had not been so fond of you, and so fearful of irritating you against me by showing my jealousy.

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