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Etymology

From Middle English frend < Old English frēond.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
friend

Plural
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  1. A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
  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
  5. A person who backs something.
    I’m not a friend of cheap wine.
  6. An object or idea that can be used for good.
    Google is your friend.
  7. (colloquial, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Used as a form of address when warning someone.
    You’d better watch it, friend.

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (person whose company one enjoys): enemy, foe, nemesis (nonstandard)
  • (person who provides assistance): enemy, foe

Derived terms

Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to friend

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to friend (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. to act as the friend of
  2. (online social networking): to join a list of associates of a fellow member of one's social networking site
    • 2006, David Fono and Kate Raynes-Goldie, "Hyperfriendship and Beyond: Friends and Social Norms on LiveJournal" (PDF version), Internet Research Annual Volume 4, Peter Lang, ISBN 0820478571, page 99,
      The difference between responses to the statement, "If someone friends me, I will friend them," and "If I friend someone, I expect them to friend me back," is telling.
    • 2006, Kevin Farnham and Dale G. Farnham, Myspace Safety: 51 Tips for Teens And Parents, How-To Primers, ISBN 0977883353, page 69,
      One of the most used features of MySpace is the practice that is nicknamed "friending." If you "friend" someone, then that person is added to your MySpace friends list, and you are added to their friends list.

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