Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring or appearing quite often or at close intervals: frequent errors of judgment.
  • adj. Habitual or regular: a frequent visitor to our house.
  • transitive v. To pay frequent visits to; be in or at often: frequent a restaurant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Done or occurring often; common.
  • v. To visit often.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Often to be met with; happening at short intervals; often repeated or occurring.
  • adj. Addicted to any course of conduct; inclined to indulge in any practice; habitual; persistent.
  • adj. Full; crowded; thronged.
  • adj. Often or commonly reported.
  • transitive v. To visit often; to resort to often or habitually.
  • transitive v. To make full; to fill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Crowded; thronged; fall.
  • Often appearing, seen, or done; often repeated or recurring; coming or happening in close succession or at short intervals.
  • Doing or accustomed to do a thing often; practising or given to repetition; repetitious; iterative: as, to be frequent in one's remonstrances.
  • Currently reported; often heard.
  • To crowd; fill.
  • To visit often; resort to habitually: as, to frequent the theater.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
  • adj. frequently encountered
  • adj. coming at short intervals or habitually
  • v. be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place

Etymologies

Middle English, ample, profuse, from Old French, from Latin frequēns, frequent-, crowded, numerous, frequent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French frequent, from Latin frequens ("crowded, crammed, frequent, repeated, etc.") (Wiktionary)
From Old French frequenter, from Latin frequentare ("to fill, crowd, visit often, do or use often, etc."), from frequens ("frequent, crowded") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "We had the promise of stable retirement," Silva said, after a career spent in what he described as frequent contact with human blood, puke and poop.

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  • Although Mr. Kushchenko says he will have neither a financial stake nor a formal role in the Nets 'organization, he speaks with a proprietary air about his colleague's venture and what he calls their frequent "joint reflections" on it.

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  • GERARD KAISER, JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: Because of their status, they often do not keep the follow-up appointments, and if there are then problems in the follow-up or particularly need to continue medication, if that's not done, then they return to the hospital and become what we call frequent flyers to the emergency room.

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  • And there's a Japanese company, Triumph International, that's launching what it calls a frequent flier bra, guaranteed not to set off the metal detectors because, you see, there are no wires.

    CNN Transcript Dec 10, 2004

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 9, Reuter - A top South African industrialist expressed concern at what he called frequent, confusing and often contradictory statements made by various African National Congress

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  • Thomas Gandow, criticized what he called the frequent belittlement of Scientology in the media and the indecision of politicians to work towards banning the organization in Germany.

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  • Celebrated writer and Xiamen University Professor Yi Zhongtian advocates the move amidst what he calls the frequent occurrence of "moral dust storms."

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  • Long earned the nickname "bus barn bully" by drivers and other transportation employees for what they described as frequent violent outbursts and aggressive behavior.

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  • We need the marketing money to spur growth in what we call our frequent-flier segment.

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  • "He is what we call a frequent flyer," said Orem police Sgt. Crain Martinez.

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