a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter:
friends of the Boston Symphony.
a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile:
Who goes there? Friend or foe?
a member of the same nation, party, etc.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
a person associated with another as a contact on a social-media website:
We’ve never met, but we’re Facebook friends.
verb (used with object)
Rare. to .
to add (a person) to one’s list of contacts on a social-media website:
I just friended a couple of guys in my class.
make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
an acquaintance or associate
an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
a fellow member of a party, society, etc
a patron or supporter: a friend of the opera
be friends, to be friendly (with)
make friends, to become friendly (with)
(transitive) an archaic word for befriend
a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker
trademark (mountaineering) a device consisting of a shaft with double-headed spring-loaded cams that can be wedged in a crack to provide an anchor point
Old English freond “friend,” present participle of freogan “to love, to favor,” from Proto-Germanic *frijojanan “to love” (cf. Old Norse frændi, Old Frisian friund, Middle High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds “friend,” all alike from present participle forms). Related to Old English freo “free” (see free (adj.)).
Meaning “a Quaker” (a member of the Society of Friends) is from 1670s. Feond (“fiend,” originally “enemy”) and freond often were paired alliteratively in Old English; both are masculine agent nouns derived from present participle of verbs, but are not directly related to one another (see fiend). Related: Friends.
in the Facebook sense, attested from 2005, from the noun, but friend has been used as a verb in English since late 14c. Related: Friended; friending. Old English had freonsped “an abundance of friends” (see speed (n.)); freondleast “want of friends;” freondspedig “rich in friends”, all of which would be useful now.
Relationship between classes in the language C++.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
noun 1. a friend in a position of influence or power who may advance one’s interests, especially a helpful person who is close to someone in authority. noun 1. an influential acquaintance who can promote one’s interests
noun 1. a friend in a position of influence or power who may advance one’s interests, especially a helpful person who is close to someone in authority. noun, Law. 1. . noun 1. an influential acquaintance who can promote one’s interests An individual or group interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but not […]
- Friend in court
Also, friends in high places. A person or persons who can help by virtue of their important position. For example, With a friend in court, he has a good chance of getting the contract, or Jim thinks he can get out of paying the fine; he has friends in high places. This expression alludes to […]
[fren-did] /ˈfrɛn dɪd/ adjective, Archaic. 1. provided with or accompanied by . [frend] /frɛnd/ noun 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 […]