from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
- n. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
- n. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
- n. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.
- n. A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.
- transitive v. Archaic To befriend.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
- n. A boyfriend or girlfriend.
- n. An associate who provides assistance.
- n. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted
- n. A person who backs or supports something.
- n. An object or idea that can be used for good.
- n. Used as a form of address when warning someone.
- n. In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.
- v. To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.
- v. To add (a person) to a list of friends on a social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. One who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter.
- n. 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.
- n. A paramour of either sex.
- transitive v. To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is attached to another by feelings of personal regard and preference; one who entertains for another sentiments which lead him to seek his company and to study to promote his welfare.
- n. One not hostile; one of the same nation, party, or kin; one at amity with another; an ally: opposed to foe or enemy.
- n. One who is favorable, as to a cause, institution, or class; a favorer or promoter: as, a friend of or to commerce; a friend of or to public schools.
- n. Used as a term of salutation, or in familiar address.
- n. [capitalized] A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.
- n. A lover, of either sex.
- n. In Scotslaw, a tutor or curator.
- n. Synonyms Companion, Comrade, etc. See associate.
- n. Patron, advocate, partizan, well-wisher.
- To befriend.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
- n. a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
- n. an associate who provides cooperation or assistance
- n. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
- n. a person with whom you are acquainted
But you, my friend my *friend* are not guilty of this.
In adhering to the Taylor families Mr. Webster obeyed the injunction of Solomon who said, "Thine own friend, and thy _father's friend_ forsake not."
"I have a friend here, Hamilton -- _one friend_ -- and she must stay."
Yes; and that is a friend of the Majorsthat is a friend whose life the Major ought to take (pointing to the LANDLORD).
Would any friend, any real _friend_ have left you alone through this Weston business?
"I can easily," says a sensible friend of mine, "hire a woman to make my linen and dress my dinner, but I cannot so readily procure a _friend_ and _companion_ for myself, and a preceptress for my children."
This post also nobly defended in the late war, while it brings the affecting recollection of a confidential friend in my military family, associates with the remembrance of the illustrious defence of another fort, in the war of the revolution, by the _friend_ now near me.
All friendship is preferring the interest of a friend, to the neglect, or, perhaps, against the interest of others; so that an old Greek said, "He that has _friends_ has _no friend_."
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My brother-officers demand you, and you must not desert me, your friend -- your _friend_, Germain. "