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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.

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

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    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. Brendan Doherty:

    Biden's frequent trips to Pennsylvania and Michigan follow in the footsteps of George W. Bush, Presidents Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, who all dedicated a substantial portion of their early presidential travel to states that they had narrowly won or lost in the previous election.

  2. Terrill Bravender:

    Adolescent sexuality is frequently seen as something that needs to be kept under control, and as such, many physicians understandably focus on prevention of harm, hence, the frequent discussions regarding the importance of abstinence, contraception and screening for sexually transmitted infections, but fewer, if any discussions regarding healthy sexual development.

  3. Patrick Henry:

    Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of freemen. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

  4. Robert Redfield:

    We have powerful tools at our disposal -- social distancing, wear a face cover in public, and be disciplined about the frequent hand washing, we are not defenseless against this disease.

  5. Barron Lerner:

    As the number of overall deaths like this becomes more frequent than 1 in 20, say, I think red flags really need to be raised, most of us were trained to never condone speeding death at all.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. huff
    • B. exacerbate
    • C. abet
    • D. fluster

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