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friend


|frend|

noun

a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.

-a person who acts a supporter of a cause, organisation, or country by giving financial or other help: join the friends of Guilford Free Library.
-a person who is not an enemy or who is on the same side: she was unsure whether he was a friend or foe.
-a familiar or helpful thing: he settled for that old friend the compensation grant.
-(often as polite form of address or ironic reference) an acquaintance or a stranger one comes across: my friends, let me introduce myself.
-(Friend) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
verb [ trans. ] archaic or poetic/leterary
befriend (someone)
DERIVATIVES
friend.less adjective
ORIGIN
Old English fréond, of Germanic origin related to Dutch vriend and German Freund, from an Indo-European root meaning "to love", shared by FREE.
Exctracted from OUP Oxford English Dictionary.