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friend
WordNet 2.0
  • a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
  • a person with whom you are acquainted
  • "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"
  • "we are friends of the family"
  • an associate who provides assistance
  • "he''s a good ally in fight"
  • "they were friends of the workers"
  • a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
  • "he was my best friend at the university"
  • a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
  • "all their supporters came out for the game"
  • "they are friends of the library"
friend
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

    "Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend." -- Dryden.

    "A friend that sticketh closer than a brother." -- Prov. xviii. 24.

    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.

    "Friend, how camest thou in hither?" -- Matt. xxii. 12.

    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.

    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.

    "America was first visited by Friends in 1656." -- T. Chase.

    5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] Shak.

    A friend
    at court or 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 Cæsar." Shak.

    To make friends with
    to become reconciled to or on friendly terms with. "Having now made friends with the Athenians." Jowett (Thucyd.).

  • 1. To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend. [Obs.]

    "Fortune friends the bold." -- Spenser.

 

Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow.

James M. Barrie
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