1 [fond]
adjective, fonder, fondest.
having a liking or affection for (usually followed by of ): to be fond of animals.
loving; affectionate: to give someone a fond look.
excessively tender or overindulgent; doting: a fond parent.
cherished with strong or unreasoning feeling: to nourish fond hopes of becoming president.
Archaic. foolish or silly.
Archaic. foolishly credulous or trusting.

1300–50; Middle English fond, fonned (past participle of fonnen to be foolish, orig., to lose flavor, sour)

2. cherishing. 5. infatuated. 6. gullible. Unabridged
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fond1 (fɒnd)
adj (foll by of)
1.  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, dialect or
 a.  foolish
 b.  credulous
[C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool]

fond2 (fɒnd, French fɔ̃)
1.  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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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., originally "foolish, silly," from past tense of fonnen "to fool, be foolish," perhaps from M.E. fonne "fool," of uncertain origin, or related to fun. Meaning evolved by 1590 via "foolishly tender" to "having strong affections for." Another sense of fonne was "to lose
savor," which may be the original meaning of the word (e.g. Wyclif: "Gif þe salt be fonnyd it is not worþi," 1380). Related: Fonder; fondest; fondness
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Example sentences
In any event, absence certainly seems to make the heart grow fonder-and fierier.
Every day she seems to get fonder and fonder of her uncle, and more loth to
  part from all of us.
But it seems that absence makes both the palate and the heart grow fonder.
Absence does actually make the heart grow fonder if it's not for too long.
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