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[adj. free-kwuh nt; v. fri-kwent, free-kwuh nt] /adj. ˈfri kwənt; v. frɪˈkwɛnt, ˈfri kwənt/
happening or occurring at short intervals:
to make frequent trips to Tokyo.
constant, habitual, or regular:
a frequent guest.
located at short distances apart:
frequent towns along the shore.
verb (used with object)
to visit often; go often to; be often in:
to frequent the art galleries.
Origin of frequent
1400-50; late Middle English: ample, profuse < Latin frequent- (stem of frequēns) crowded; (v.) (< Middle French fréquenter) < Latin frequentāre, derivative of frequēns
Related forms
frequentable, adjective
frequenter, noun
frequentness, noun
nonfrequent, adjective
nonfrequently, adverb
overfrequent, adjective
overfrequently, adverb
unfrequent, adjective
unfrequently, adverb
unfrequentable, adjective
well-frequented, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for frequent
  • No other pair of countries invite such frequent comparison yet share so little in common.
  • The low-level but frequent release of this chemical ensures regular anti-bacterial washes of the wound.
  • The common perception is that the blood-letting of top coaches has become ever more frequent.
  • Regular travelers join airline loyalty programs, or frequent-flier programs, to accrue credit toward free flights and upgrades.
  • Although campus chaplains do change jobs, turnover in their ranks is far less frequent than in other administrative offices.
  • Even before then, hurricanes may draw ever more energy from warming seas and grow stronger and more frequent.
  • How rising temperatures change weather and produce fiercer, more frequent storms.
  • The only way up is to walk-over loose rock, past prickly brush and rattlesnakes-with frequent pauses to catch one's breath.
  • High winds can wreck the flowers and increase transpiration from the leaves, making frequent watering necessary.
  • frequent urination means needing to urinate more often than usual.
British Dictionary definitions for frequent


adjective (ˈfriːkwənt)
recurring at short intervals
constant or habitual
verb (frɪˈkwɛnt)
(transitive) to visit repeatedly or habitually
Derived Forms
frequentable, adjective
frequenter, noun
frequently, adverb
frequentness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin frequēns numerous; perhaps related to Latin farcīre to stuff
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Word Origin and History for frequent

mid-15c., "ample, profuse," from Middle French frequent, or directly from Latin frequentem (nominative frequens) "crowded, repeated," of uncertain origin. Meaning "common, usual" is from 1530s; that of "happening at short intervals, often recurring" is from c.1600.


late 15c., from Middle French frequenter, from Latin frequentare "visit regularly," from frequentem (see frequent (adj.)). Related: Frequented; frequenting.

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