Friend

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Friend \Friend\ (fr[e^]nd), noun [OR. frend, freond, AS. fre['o]nd, prop. p. pr. of fre['o]n, fre['o]gan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. fr[ae]ndi kinsman, Sw. fr[aum]nde. Goth. frij[=o]nds friend, frij[=o]n to love. [root]83. See {Free}, and cf. {Fiend}.]

1. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society and welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant.

Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend. --Dryden.

A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. --Prov. xviii. 24.

2. One not inimical or hostile; one not a foe or enemy; also, one of the same nation, party, kin, etc., whose friendly feelings may be assumed. The word is some times used as a term of friendly address.

Friend, how camest thou in hither? --Matt. xxii. 12.

3. One who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter; as, a friend to commerce, to poetry, to an institution.

4. One of a religious sect characterized by disuse of outward rites and an ordained ministry, by simplicity of dress and speech, and esp. by opposition to war and a desire to live at peace with all men. They are popularly called Quakers.

America was first visited by Friends in 1656. --T. Chase.

5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] --Shak.

{A friend at court} or {A friend in court}, one disposed to act as a friend in a place of special opportunity or influence.

{To be friends with}, to have friendly relations with. "He's . . . friends with C[ae]sar." --Shak.

{To make friends with}, to become reconciled to or on friendly terms with. "Having now made friends with the Athenians." --Jowett (Thucyd.).

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Friend \Friend\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Friended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Friending}.] To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend. [Obs.]

Fortune friends the bold. --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

friend

noun

1: a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university"

2: an associate who provides cooperation or assistance; "he's a good ally in fight" [syn: {ally}, {friend}] [ant: {enemy}, {foe}]

3: a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family" [syn: {acquaintance}, {friend}] [ant: {alien}, {stranger}, {unknown}]

4: a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library" [syn: {supporter}, {protagonist}, {champion}, {admirer}, {booster}, {friend}]

5: a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers) [syn: {Friend}, {Quaker}]


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