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friend

[frend] /frɛnd/
noun
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.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
6.
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)
7.
Rare. to befriend.
8.
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.
Idioms
9.
make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
Origin
900
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
Related forms
friendless, adjective
friendlessness, noun
nonfriend, noun
Synonyms
1. comrade, chum, crony, confidant. See acquaintance. 2. backer, advocate. 4. ally, associate, confrere, compatriot.
Antonyms
1, 4. enemy, foe.
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Examples from the web for friends
  • One of my good friends has had a crush on a guy for several months.
  • friends school students are a highly talented, highly motivated group.
  • The new rulers are making headway in rounding up the colonel's friends.
  • Laughter with friends releases endorphins, the brain's.
  • Turn found materials and plants from friends into a charming cottage-style backyard.
  • Meanwhile, many of my best friends and closest business contacts aren't even in the house.
  • Many of my academic friends are struggling to complete projects.
  • View every photo entered, choose your own faves, then share them with family and friends.
  • friends and family of people with depression may feel that their loved one has been replaced by a gloomy doppelgänger.
  • Entertaining friends and family is a big part of the holiday season.
British Dictionary definitions for friends

friend

/frɛnd/
noun
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)
verb
8.
(transitive) an archaic word for befriend
Derived Forms
friendless, adjective
friendlessness, noun
friendship, noun
Word Origin
Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt

Friend1

/frɛnd/
noun
1.
a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker

Friend2

/frɛnd/
noun
1.
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
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Word Origin and History for friends

friend

n.

Old English freond "friend," present participle of freogan "to love, to favor," from Proto-Germanic *frijojanan "to love" (cf. Old Norse frændi, Old Frisian friund, Middle High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds "friend," all alike from present participle forms). Related to Old English freo "free" (see free (adj.)).

Meaning "a Quaker" (a member of the Society of Friends) is from 1670s. Feond ("fiend," originally "enemy") and freond often were paired alliteratively in Old English; both are masculine agent nouns derived from present participle of verbs, but are not directly related to one another (see fiend). Related: Friends.

v.

in the Facebook sense, attested from 2005, from the noun, but friend has been used as a verb in English since late 14c. Related: Friended; friending. Old English had freonsped "an abundance of friends" (see speed (n.)); freondleast "want of friends;" freondspedig "rich in friends", all of which would be useful now.

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Idioms and Phrases with friends

friend

In addition to the idiom beginning with
friend
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