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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'friend', 'Friend': /ˈfrɛnd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/frɛnd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(frend)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
friend /frɛnd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who is attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard:She was my best friend.
  2. a person who gives assistance;
    supporter;
    patron:supported by friends of the Boston Symphony.
  3. a person who is not hostile:Who goes there? Friend or foe?
  4. Religion[Friend] a member of the Society of Friends;
    a Quaker.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsmake friends with, [ make + ~-s + with + obj] to become a friend to:made friends with the new neighbors.

friend•less, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
friend  (frend),USA pronunciation n. 
  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. Religion(cap.) a member of the Religious Society of Friends;
    a Quaker.
  6. Idiomsmake friends with, to enter into friendly relations with;
    become a friend to.

v.t. 
  1. [Rare.]to befriend.
friendless, adj. 
friendless•ness, n. 
  • Middle English friend, frend, Old English frēond friend, lover, relative (cognate with Old Saxon friund, Old High German friunt (German Freund), Gothic frijōnds), origin, originally present participle of frēogan, cognate with Gothic frijōn to love bef. 900
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged comrade, chum, crony, confidant. See  acquaintance. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged backer, advocate.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ally, associate, confrere, compatriot.
    • 1, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged enemy, foe.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
friend /frɛnd/ n
  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
  6. be friendsto be friendly (with)
  7. make friendsto become friendly (with)
vb
  1. (transitive)
    an archaic word for befriend
Etymology: Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt

ˈfriendless adj ˈfriendship n
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Friend /frɛnd/ n
  1. a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker
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Collocations: friended me on [Facebook, Gmail, Twitter], am [good, close, old, best] friends with her, add you to my friends list, more...

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