a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
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.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
a person associated with another as a contact on a social-networking website: We've never met, but we're Facebook friends.
verb (used with object)
Rare. to befriend.
to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social-networking website: I just friended a couple of guys in my class.
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 (cognate with Old Saxon friund, Old High German friunt (German Freund), Gothic frijōnds), orig. present participle of frēogan, cognate with Gothic frijōn to love

friendless, adjective
friendlessness, noun
nonfriend, noun

1. comrade, chum, crony, confidant. See acquaintance. 2. backer, advocate. 4. ally, associate, confrere, compatriot.

1, 4. enemy, foe. Unabridged
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friend (frɛnd)
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)
8.  (tr) an archaic word for befriend
[Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt]

Friend1 (frɛnd)
a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker

Friend2 (frɛnd)
mountaineering trademark 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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Word Origin & History

O.E. freond, prp. of freogan "to love, to favor," from P.Gmc. *frijojanan "to love" (cf. O.N. frændi, O.Fris. friund, M.H.G. friunt, Ger. Freund, Goth. frijonds "friend," all alike from prp. forms). Related to O.E. freo "free." Meaning "a Quaker" (a member of the Society of Friends) is from 1670s.
Feond ("fiend," originally "enemy") and freond often were paired alliteratively in O.E.; both are masculine agent nouns derived from prp. of verbs, but are not directly related to one another. Related: Friends. As a verb, in the Facebook sense, attested from 2005.
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Computing Dictionary

Friend definition

Relationship between classes in the language C++.

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with friend, also see fair-weather friend; make friends.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Without a friend to counsel him, the temptation proved irresistible.
Once, if you wanted to borrow money, you had either to visit a bank or to tap a
  rich friend or relative.
There is a risk that in their discomfort governments turn to an old, but false,
  friend: protectionism.
Submersible craft in the early years of their development were perilous to
  friend and foe alike.
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