1. a person you know well and regard with affection and trust;
- Example: "he was my best friend at the university"
2. an associate who provides cooperation or assistance;
- Example: "he's a good ally in fight"
[syn: ally, friend]
3. a person with whom you are acquainted;
- Example: "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"
- Example: "we are friends of the family"
[syn: acquaintance, friend]
4. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.;
- Example: "all their supporters came out for the game"
- Example: "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]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Friend \Friend\ (fr[e^]nd), n. [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. [1913 Webster] Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. --Prov. xviii. 24. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Friend, how camest thou in hither? --Matt. xxii. 12. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] America was first visited by Friends in 1656. --T. Chase. [1913 Webster] 5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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.). [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Friend \Friend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Friended; p. pr. & vb. n. Friending.] To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Fortune friends the bold. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
Friend Relationship between classes in the language C++.U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Friend, KS Zip code(s): 67871 Friend, NE (city, FIPS 17775) Location: 40.65107 N, 97.28405 W Population (1990): 1111 (483 housing units) Area: 2.1 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 68359 Friend, OR Zip code(s): 97021Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
59 Moby Thesaurus words for "friend": Maecenas, acquaintance, adherent, advocate, ally, alter ego, amigo, angel, associate, baby, backer, beau, bedfellow, benefactor, best friend, bird, boon companion, bosom buddy, bosom friend, boyfriend, chum, co-worker, cocker, cohort, colleague, compatriot, compeer, comrade, concubine, confederate, confidant, confidante, confrere, consociate, crony, doxy, escort, familiar, fellow, financier, girl, intimate, investor, lover, man, mate, mistress, moll, pal, partner, patron, playmate, roomie, soul mate, squeeze, supporter, sweetheart, twist, woman