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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English frend, freend, from Old English frēond (friend, relative, lover, literally loving[-one]), from Proto-Germanic *frijōndz (lover, friend), from Proto-Indo-European *preyH- (to like, love), equivalent to free +‎ -nd. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Früünd (friend), West Frisian freon, froen, freondinne (friend), Dutch vriend (friend), Low German Frund, Fründ (friend, relative), Luxembourgish Frënd (friend), German Freund (friend), Danish frænde (kinsman), Swedish frände (kinsman, relative), Icelandic frændi (kinsman), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌾𐍉𐌽𐌳𐍃 (frijōnds, friend). More at free.

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NounEdit

friend (plural friends)

  1. A person, typically someone other than a family member, spouse or lover, whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
    John and I have been friends ever since we were roommates at college.   Trust is important between friends.   I used to find it hard to make friends when I was shy.
  2. An associate who provides assistance.
    The Automobile Association is every motorist's friend.   The police is every law-abiding citizen's friend.
  3. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted.
    • 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, “The tao of tech”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 27:
      The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about […], or offering services that let you "stay up to date with what your friends are doing", [] and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.
    a friend of a friend;  I added him as a friend on Facebook, but I hardly know him.
  4. A person who backs or supports something.
    I’m not a friend of cheap wine.
  5. (informal) An object or idea that can be used for good.
    Fruit is your friend.
  6. (colloquial, ironic, used only in the vocative) Used as a form of address when warning someone.
    You’d better watch it, friend.
  7. (object-oriented programming) A function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.
    • 1991, Tom Swan, Learning C++:
      But don't take the following sections as an endorsement of friends. Top C++ programmers avoid using friends unless absolutely necessary.
    • 2001, Stephen Prata, C++ primer plus:
      In that case, the function needn't (and shouldn't) be a friend.
    • 2008, D S Malik, C++ Programming: From Problem Analysis to Program Design:
      To make a function be a friend to a class, the reserved word friend precedes the function prototype []
  8. (climbing) A spring-loaded camming device.
    • 1995, Rock Climbing Basics
      Since they were introduced in the 1970s, friends have revolutionized climbing, making protection possible in previously impossible places []
  9. (euphemistic) A lover; a boyfriend or girlfriend.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii]:
      Nor to the motion of a schoolboy's tongue ; Nor never come in visard to my friend
    • 1813, Samuel Foote, The Commissary, Etc., page 17:
      Time has been, when a gentleman wanted a friend, I could supply him with choice in an hour; but the market is spoiled, and a body might as soon produce a hare or a partridge []
    • 1975, Janis Ian, "In the Winter":
      I met your friend. She's very nice, what can I say?
  10. (Scotland, obsolete) A relative, a relation by blood or marriage.
    Friends agree best at a distance.
    Make friends of framet folk.
    • 1895, Crockett, Bog-Myrtle, 232:
      He was not a drop's blood to me, though him and my wife were far-out friends.

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  • Cantonese: friend (fen1)
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See friend/translations § Noun.

VerbEdit

friend (third-person singular simple present friends, present participle friending, simple past and past participle friended)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
      Lo sluggish Knight the victors happie pray: / So fortune friends the bold [...].
    • 1896, Alfred Edward Housman, A Shropshire Lad, LXII:
      ’Tis true, the stuff I bring for sale
      Is not so brisk a brew as ale:
      Out of a stem that scored the hand
      I wrung it in a weary land.
      But take it: if the smack is sour,
      The better for the embittered hour;
      It should do good to heart and head
      When your soul is in my soul’s stead;
      And I will friend you, if I may,
      In the dark and cloudy day.
  2. (transitive) To add (a person) to a list of friends on a social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.
    • 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, 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, 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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ChineseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English friend.

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friend

  1. (Cantonese) friend (Classifier: )
    friend [Cantonese, trad.]
    friend [Cantonese, simp.]
    keoi5 hai6 ngo5 go3 fen1 lai4 gaa3. [Jyutping]
    He's my friend.

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friend

  1. (Cantonese) in a close or friendly relationship
    我哋friend [Cantonese]  ―  ngo5 dei6 hou2 fen1 gaa3. [Jyutping]  ―  We are really close.

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NounEdit

friend

  1. Alternative form of frend

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English friend.

NounEdit

friend m (plural friends)

  1. (climbing) cam