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Meaning of friend by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English frend, freond, from Old English frēond ( “friend, relative, lover”, literally “loving-[one]” ), from Proto-Germanic *frijōndz ( “lover, friend” ), from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- ( “to like, love” ). Cognate with West Frisian freon, froen, freondinne ( “friend” ), Dutch vriend ( “friend” ), Low German frund, fründ ( “friend, relative” ), German Freund ( “friend” ), Danish frænde ( “kinsman” ), Swedish frände ( “kinsman, relative” ), Icelandic frændi ( “kinsman” ), Gothic ���������������� ( frijōnds, “friend” ). More at free .


    • IPA: /fɹɛnd/
    • Rhymes: -ɛnd


    friend ( plural: friends )

    1. A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection .
      John and I have been friends ever since we were roommates at college .
      Trust is important between friends .
      I used to find it hard to make friends when I was shy .
    2. A boyfriend or girlfriend .
    3. An associate who provides assistance .
      The Automobile Association is every motorist’s friend .
      The police is every law abiding citizen’s friend .
    4. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted
      a friend of a friend
      I added him as a friend on Facebook, but I hardly know him .
    5. A person who backs or supports something .
      I’m not a friend of cheap wine .
    6. ( informal ) An object or idea that can be used for good .
      Google is your friend .
    7. ( colloquial, sarcastic, used only in the vocative ) Used as a form of address when warning someone .
      You’d better watch it, friend .
    8. ( computing, programming ) In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.



    Usage notes


    friend ( third-person singular simple present friends present participle friending, simple past and past participle friended )

    1. ( obsolete ) To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.
    2. To add a person to a list of friends on one's social networking site; to officially designate ( someone ) as a friend.





Explanation of friend by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox ( the Friends have never called themselves Quakers )

    2. a person with whom you are acquainted

    3. we are friends of the family
    4. an associate who provides cooperation or assistance

    5. a person you know well and regard with affection and trust

    6. he was my best friend at the university
    7. a person who backs a politician or a team etc .

    8. they are friends of the library

    Definition of friend by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Friend ( frĕnd ), n. [OE. frend, freond, AS. freónd, prop. p. pr. of freón, freógan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frændi kinsman, Sw. frände. Goth. frijōnds friend, frijōn to love. √83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]
      1. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society and welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant.

      Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend. Dryden.

      A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Prov. xviii. 24.

      2. One not inimical or hostile; one not a foe or enemy; also, one of the same nation, party, kin, etc., whose friendly feelings may be assumed. The word is some times used as a term of friendly address.

      Friend, how camest thou in hither? Matt. xxii. 12.

      3. One who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter; as, “a friend to commerce, to poetry, to an institution”.

      4. One of a religious sect characterized by disuse of outward rites and an ordained ministry, by simplicity of dress and speech, and esp. by opposition to war and a desire to live at peace with all men. They are popularly called Quakers.

      America was first visited by Friends in 1656. T. Chase.

      5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] Shak.

      A friend at court or A friend in court, one disposed to act as a friend in a place of special opportunity or influence. -- To be friends with, to have friendly relations with. “He's . . . friends with Cæsar.” Shak. -- To make friends with, to become reconciled to or on friendly terms with. “Having now made friends with the Athenians.” Jowett ( Thucyd. ).

    2. Friend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Friended; p. pr. & vb. n. Friending.] To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend. [Obs.]

      Fortune friends the bold. Spenser.