What does Friend mean?

Definitions for Friend
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Friend.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. friendnoun

    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust

    "he was my best friend at the university"

  2. ally, friendnoun

    an associate who provides cooperation or assistance

    "he's a good ally in fight"

  3. acquaintance, friendnoun

    a person with whom you are acquainted

    "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"

  4. supporter, protagonist, champion, admirer, booster, friendnoun

    a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

    "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"

  5. Friend, Quakernoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. friendnoun

    A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.

  2. friendnoun

    A boyfriend or girlfriend.

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  3. friendnoun

    An associate who provides assistance.

  4. friendnoun

    A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted

  5. friendnoun

    A person who backs or supports something.

    I'm not a friend of cheap wine.

  6. friendnoun

    An object or idea that can be used for good.

    Google is your friend.

  7. friendnoun

    Used as a form of address when warning someone.

    You'd better watch it, friend.

  8. friendnoun

    In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.

  9. friendverb

    To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.

  10. friendverb

    To add a person to a list of friends on one's social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.

  11. Friendnoun

    A Quaker; a member of the Society of Friends.

  12. Friendnoun

    (rock-climbing) Brand name of a spring-loaded camming device now manufactured by Wild Country. Now used (often without initial capital) to refer to any such device.

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  13. Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRIENDnoun

    Etymology: vriend, Dutch; freond, Saxon.

    Friends of my soul, you twain
    Rule in this realm, and the gor’d state sustain. William Shakespeare.

    Some man is a friend for his own occasion, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble. Ecclus. vi. 8.

    God’s benison go with you, and with those
    That would make good of bad, and friends of foes. William Shakespeare.

    Wonder not to see this soul extend
    The bounds, and seek some other self, a friend. Dryden.

    Who comes so fast in silence of the night?
    —— A friend.
    —— What friend? your name? William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    He’s friends with Cæsar,
    In state of health thou say’st, and thou say’st free. William Shakespeare.

    My son came then into my mind; and yet my mind
    Was then scarce friends with him. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The king ordains their entrance, and ascends
    His regal seat, surrounded by his friends. John Dryden, Æn.

    Aurora riding upon Pegasus, sheweth her swiftness, and how she is a friend to poetry and all ingenious inventions. Henry Peacham.

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

    What supports me, do’st thou ask?
    The conscience, friend, t’have lost mine eyes o’erply’d
    In liberty’s defence. John Milton.

  2. To Friendverb

    To favour; to befriend; to countenance; to support.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I know that we shall have him well to friend. William Shakespeare.

    When vice makes mercy, mercy’s so extended,
    That, for the fault’s love, is th’ offender friended. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Friendnoun

    one who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society aud welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant

  2. Friendnoun

    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

  3. Friendnoun

    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. Friendnoun

    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

  5. Friendnoun

    a paramour of either sex

  6. Friendverb

    to act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend

  7. Etymology: [OE. frend, freond, AS. frend, prop. p. pr. of fren, fregan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frndi kinsman, Sw. frnde. Goth. frijnds friend, frijn to love. 83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]

Freebase

  1. Friend

    Friend is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,027.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Friend

    frend, n. one loving or attached to another: an intimate acquaintance: a favourer: one of a society so called: (Scot.) a relative.—v.t. (obs.) to befriend.—adj. Friend′ed, supplied with friends.—n. Friend′ing (Shak.), friendliness.—adj. Friend′less, without friends: destitute.—n. Friend′lessness.—adv. Friend′lily.—n. Friend′liness.—adj. Friend′ly, like a friend: having the disposition of a friend: favourable: pertaining to the Friends or Quakers.—n. Friend′ship, attachment from mutual esteem: friendly assistance.—Friendly societies, or Benefit societies, associations, chiefly among mechanics, &c., for relief during sickness, old age, widowhood, by provident insurance.—Be friends with, to be on intimate or friendly relations with; Have a friend at court, to have a friend in a position where his influence is likely to prove useful; Society of Friends, the designation proper of a sect of Christians better known as Quakers. [A.S. fréond, pr.p. of fréon, to love; Ger. freund.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. friend

    The masterpiece of Nature.

Rap Dictionary

  1. friendnoun

    A firearm, orginally from the movie Scarface. "Stay in your place I recommend, Or say hello to my little friend" -- G-Unit (My Buddy)

Editors Contribution

  1. friend

    A person we love to share time with.

    We are so grateful in life to have a friend.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Friend' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #579

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Friend' in Written Corpus Frequency: #803

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Friend' in Nouns Frequency: #76

Anagrams for Friend »

  1. finder

  2. refind

  3. finder, refind

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Friend in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Friend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Friend in a Sentence

  1. Steven Ciobo:

    While Indonesia is a close neighbor and firm friend, our trade and economic relationship can and should be performing better, i am pleased to announce the reactivation of the Indonesia-Australia Business Partnership Group to ramp up business links.

  2. Natalia Fedatovskaya:

    That Tamara Samsonova is a very strange women, tricky and suspicious, when I confronted her about my missing friend, she begged me not to call the police, and grabbed my arm. The police told me later I was lucky to escape.

  3. Heidi Heitkamp:

    After meeting her and talking with former leaders in our intelligence community, I have concluded that Gina Haspel meets these standards. I am therefore planning to vote to confirm her as Director of CIA, but this was not an easy decision. Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us. However, Acting Director Haspel explained to me that the agency should not have employed such tactics in the past and has assured me that it will not do so in the future.

  4. Monet Booth:

    He was a very humble, optimistic, caring and didn't cause any problems, and to know that my friend, a fellow classmate at Gwendolyn Brooks was gunned down so inhumanely is so disgusting.

  5. Melissa Etheridge:

    I asked many of my friends [who had gone through chemo], 'What's the experience? What are you doing?,' and my friend David Crosby, he was the first one who said, 'You know, Melissa, you have to do medicinal marijuana. You have to [try] cannabis. That's the way to do it. It's too hard otherwise.

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