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Definitions of friend

  1. a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an associate who provides assistance; "he's a good ally in fight"; "they were friends of the workers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society aud welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A paramour of either sex. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The reciprocal interaction of two or more persons. Medical Dictionary DB
  13. One attached to another by affection, regard, or esteem; an intimate acquaintance; a supporter or favorer of a cause, etc.; an ally; a salutation or greeting: Friend, a member of the Society of Friends, or Quakers. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. One loving or attached to another: an intimate acquaintance: a favorer: one of a society so called. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Person kindly attached to another; favorer. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. One who cherishes kind regard for another; an adherent; ally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. One of the Society of Friends; a Quaker. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. One who is attached to another by affection; an intimate acqunaintance; a favourer; a term of salutation; a member of the Society of Friends. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To befriend; to favour or countenance. A friend at court, one who has sufficient interest to serve another. The Society of Friends, a community of Christians that originated in England in the middle of the 17th cent., distinguished for their plainness of speech and manners, and their rejection, in dependence on the Spirit alone, of both clergy and sacrament as media of grace. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. One attached to another by sentiments of affection, esteem, or respect; one not hostile; an associate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. frend, n. one loving or attached to another: an intimate acquaintance: a favourer: one of a society so called: (Scot.) a relative.--v.t. (obs.) to befriend.--adj. FRIEND'ED, supplied with friends.--n. FRIEND'ING (Shak.), friendliness.--adj. FRIEND'LESS, without friends: destitute.--n. FRIEND'LESSNESS.--adv. FRIEND'LILY.--n. FRIEND'LINESS.--adj. FRIEND'LY, like a friend: having the disposition of a friend: favourable: pertaining to the Friends or Quakers.--n. FRIEND'SHIP, attachment from mutual esteem: friendly assistance.--FRIENDLY SOCIETIES, or Benefit societies, associations, chiefly among mechanics, &c., for relief during sickness, old age, widowhood, by provident insurance.--BE FRIENDS WITH, to be on intimate or friendly relations with; HAVE A FRIEND AT COURT, to have a friend in a position where his influence is likely to prove useful; SOCIETY OF FRIENDS, the designation proper of a sect of Christians better known as Quakers. [A.S. fréond, pr.p. of fréon, to love; Ger. freund.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. One joined to another in intimacy& mutual benevolence independently of sexual or family love; person who acts for one, e.g. as second in duel; (loosely) acquaintance, stranger that one comes across or has occasion to mention anew, (my f. in the brown hat now left me; used in voc. as polite form or in irony, & by Quakers as ordinary address; my honourable f., of another M.P. in House of Commons; my learned f., of another lawyer in court); (pl.) one\'s near relations, those responsible for one; sympathizer, helper, patron, (no f. of or to order, virtue, &c.; a f. at court, one whose influence may be made use of); helpful thing (my shyness was here my best f.); one who is not an enemy, who is on the same side; be, keep, make, ff., be or get on good terms; F., Quaker (Society of Ff., the Quakers as a communion); hence friendless a., friendlessness n. (Vb, poet.) befriend, help. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. n. [Anglo-Saxon, German] One who is attached to another by sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection; a well-wisher; an intimate associate;—one not a foe or enemy; one whose friendly feelings may be assumed;—a favourer; a promoter;—a kindly or familiar term of salutation;—one of the religious sect usually called Quakers. Cabinet Dictionary
  24. One joined to another in mutual benevolence and intimacy, opposed to foe or enemy; one reconciled to another; a companion; favourer; one propitious; a familiar compellation. Complete Dictionary

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