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fond

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Pronunciation: /fɒnd
 
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Definition of fond in English:

adjective

1 (fond of) Having an affection or liking for: I’m very fond of Mel he was not too fond of dancing
More example sentences
  • The dead, as he is very fond of saying, don't care.
  • She had grown rather fond of the European drink and found it to be relaxing to sit and sip.
  • But over the years as he matured, she grew quite fond of him.
Synonyms
1.1 [attributive] Affectionate; loving: I have very fond memories of Oxford a fond farewell
More example sentences
  • Do you have any especially fond memories of those times that you might share?
  • He served from 1929 to 1955, leaving behind a legacy of material treasures as well as fond memories.
  • Believe it or don't, but Levine seems to have some pretty fond memories from his visits.
Synonyms
adoring, devoted, doting, loving, caring, affectionate, warm, tender, kind, attentive, solicitous;
2 [attributive] (Of a hope or belief) foolishly optimistic; naive.
Example sentences
  • That fond hope never materialised and there was no reason to suppose it would.
  • Even in defeat, he sees success and vows to contest again with the fond hope that he will emerge a victor one day.
  • In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.
Synonyms
unrealistic, naive, foolish, foolishly optimistic, over-optimistic, deluded, delusory, absurd, empty, vain

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'infatuated, foolish'): from obsolete fon 'a fool, be foolish', of unknown origin. Compare with fun.

Derivatives

fondly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Nellie was a firm favourite and she will be fondly remembered by her devoted family and many friends.
  • She will be fondly remembered for her great lobster feeds, cooked the Island way.
  • Then he raised his head, smiled, and scoped the audience, gazing deeply and fondly into their eyes.

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