frequent

See also: fréquent and freqüent

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Etymology 1Edit

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

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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.
    • 1999, Nicholas Walker, “The Reorientation of Critical Theory: Habermas”, in Simon Glemdinning, editor, The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy[1], Routledge, →ISBN, page 489:
      During the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, this commitment brought him into frequent critical confrontation with entrenched forms of conservative thinking []
  2. Occurring at short intervals.
  3. Addicted to any course of conduct; inclined to indulge in any practice; habitual; persistent.
  4. (obsolete) Full; crowded; thronged.
  5. (obsolete) Often or commonly reported.
    • (Can we date this quote by Massinger and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      '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)

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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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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin frequens.

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  • IPA(key): [fʀeˈkvɛnt]
  • Hyphenation: fre‧quent

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frequent (comparative frequenter, superlative am frequentesten)

  1. (dated or medicine) frequent

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frequent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular frequent or frequente)

  1. frequent; often

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  • English: frequent
  • French: fréquent