friend


friend
/frend/ noun (C)
1 PERSON YOU LIKE someone who you like very much and like to spend time with: Jerry, I'd like to introduce you to my friend Lucinda. | be friends with sb: My parents have been friends with the Murkets for twenty years. | friend of mine/yours/Billy's etc: A friend of mine told me this joke yesterday. | best friend (=the friend you like best): One of Tricia's best friends is getting married tomorrow. | good/close friend (=one of the friends you like most): One of my good friends just had a baby. | old friend (=one you have known a long time): Bruce is an old friend of mine. | friend of a friend: I met Stephano through a friend of a friend.
2 make friends to meet people and become friendly with them: Jenny has always found it easy to make friends at school.
(+ with): Have you made friends with your neighbors yet?
3 be just (good) friends used to say that you are not having a romantic relationship with someone: Ben's not her boyfriend, I think they're just good friends.
4 SUPPORTER someone who supports a theatre, arts organization, charity (2) etc by giving money or help: We would like to invite you to become a friend of the orchestra.
5 NOT AN ENEMY someone who is not an enemy and will not harm you or cause trouble for you: Who goes there? Friend or foe? | Don't worry, you're among friends.
6 be no friend of/to to oppose someone or something: I'm no friend of socialism, as you know.
7 AT PUBLIC OCCASION used to address someone or a group of people in a parliament, meeting, or other formal public occasion: Friends, we are gathered here today to witness the marriage of Nick and Jo.
8 Friend a member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker
9 our/your friend used to talk about someone you do not know, who has done something annoying: Our friend with the loud voice is back.
10 have friends in high places to know important people who can help you
11 a friend in need someone who helps you when you need it

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Friend — (englisch für Freund) steht für Friend (Klettergerät), spezielles Klemmgerät, eine wiederentfernbare Klettersicherung, die in Rissen, Spalten und Öffnungen im Fels verankert wird. Friend ist der Familienname folgender Personen: George Friend (*… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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