Last modified on 17 February 2015, at 18:43



Etymology 1Edit

From Old French frequent, from Latin frequens (crowded, crammed, frequent, repeated, etc.), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrek (to cram together).[1]



frequent (comparative more frequent or frequenter, superlative most frequent or frequentest)

  1. Done or occurring often; common.
    I take frequent breaks so I don't get too tired.
    There are frequent trains to the beach available.
    I am a frequent visitor to that city.
  2. Occurring at short intervals.
    • Byron
      frequent feudal towers
  3. Addicted to any course of conduct; inclined to indulge in any practice; habitual; persistent.
    • Jonathan Swift
      He has been loud and frequent in declaring himself hearty for the government.
  4. (obsolete) Full; crowded; thronged.
    • Ben Jonson
      'Tis Caesar's will to have a frequent senate.
  5. (obsolete) Often or commonly reported.
    • Massinger
      'Tis frequent in the city he hath subdued / The Catti and the Daci.
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  1. ^ Schwartzman, The Words of Mathematics: An Etymological Dictionary of Mathematical Terms Used in English

Etymology 2Edit

From Old French frequenter, from Latin frequentare (to fill, crowd, visit often, do or use often, etc.), from frequens (frequent, crowded)



frequent (third-person singular simple present frequents, present participle frequenting, simple past and past participle frequented)

  1. (transitive) To visit often.
    I used to frequent that restaurant.
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frequent m

  1. frequent; often