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Definitions for frequent
ˈfri kwənt; frɪˈkwɛnt, ˈfri kwəntfre·quent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frequentadjective

    coming at short intervals or habitually

    "a frequent guest"; "frequent complaints"

  2. frequentverb

    frequently encountered

    "a frequent (or common) error is using the transitive verb `lay' for the intransitive `lie'";

  3. patronize, patronise, shop, shop at, buy at, frequent, sponsorverb

    do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of

  4. frequent, hauntverb

    be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place

    "She haunts the ballet"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FREQUENTadjective

    Etymology: frequent, French; frequens, Latin.

    An ancient and imperial city falls;
    The streets are fill’d with frequent funerals. John Dryden, Æn.

    Frequent herses shall besiege your gates. Alexander Pope.

    Every man thinks he may pretend to any employment, provided he has been loud and frequent in declaring himself hearty for the government. Jonathan Swift.

    Frequent and full. John Milton.

  2. To Frequentverb

    To visit often; to be much in any place; to resort often to.

    Etymology: frequento, Latin; frequenter, French.

    Latter day,
    Finding in it fit ports for fishers trade,
    ’Gan more the same frequent, and further to invade. F. Q.

    There were synagogues for men to resort unto: our Saviour himself, and after him the apostles, frequented them. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 11.

    This fellow here, this thy creature,
    By night frequents my house. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    At that time this land was known and frequented by the ships and vessels. Francis Bacon.

    With tears
    Wat’ring the ground, and with our sighs the air
    Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
    Of sorrow unfeign’d, and humiliation meek. John Milton, P. L.

    To serve my friends, the senate I frequent;
    And there what I before digested; vent. John Denham.

    That he frequented the court of Augustus, and was well received in it, is most undoubted. John Dryden, Ovid, Preface.


  1. frequent

    Frequent refers to something happening or appearing often or at short intervals. It can also refer to the action of regularly visiting or going to a particular place.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frequentnoun

    often to be met with; happening at short intervals; often repeated or occurring; as, frequent visits

  2. Frequentnoun

    addicted to any course of conduct; inclined to indulge in any practice; habitual; persistent

  3. Frequentnoun

    full; crowded; thronged

  4. Frequentnoun

    often or commonly reported

  5. Frequentadjective

    to visit often; to resort to often or habitually

  6. Frequentadjective

    to make full; to fill

  7. Etymology: [L. frequentare: cf. F. frquenter. See Frequent, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frequent

    frē′kwent, adj. coming or occurring often.—ns. Frē′quence (Milt.), a crowd, an assembly; Frē′quency, repeated occurrence of anything.—v.t. Frequent′, to visit often.—ns. Frē′quentage, habit of frequenting; Frequentā′tion, the act of visiting often.—adj. Frequent′ative (gram.), denoting the frequent repetition of an action.—n. (gram.) a verb expressing this repetition.—n. Frequent′er.—adv. Frē′quently.—n. Frē′quentness. [L. frequens, frequentis; cog. with farcīre, to stuff.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frequent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3886

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frequent' in Adjectives Frequency: #528

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frequent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frequent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of frequent in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Rodell:

    What I feel more confident about is that as the world warms, we’re going to see the greater global intensity of all the wet and dry events increase, meaning they’re going to be more frequent, larger and more severe in total, what happens in a regional sense is a little bit more difficult to say with certainty.

  2. Diana Eadie:

    If we continue on a high greenhouse gas emission pathway, then we would expect these events to be three times more frequent in the 21st century compared to the 20th century because of the human-induced climate change.

  3. Mary Bruce:

    As the public face of the pandemic response, Fauci has become a frequent target, he's previously described a terrifying experience opening an anonymous letter delivered to his office, only to be covered in a cloud of white powder he thought might have been a deadly substance. It was later found not to be hazardous.

  4. Damitha Pathmalal:

    We did a very deep analysis into the consumer cohort and found that the most frequent users are the most price-sensitive consumers,” said Pathmalal. “There isn't going to be an influx of new users... which is a prerequisite for high-growth markets.”

  5. Chaloka Beyani:

    For the future we are looking more to planned relocations for people who are prone to frequent hazards.

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