From 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.
      [1913 Webster]

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

   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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Friend \Friend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Friended; p. pr. & vb. n.
   To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to
   befriend. [Obs.]
   [1913 Webster]

         Fortune friends the bold.                --Spenser.
   [1913 Webster]
Feedback Form