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frank1

Syllabification: frank
Pronunciation: /fraNGk
 
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adjective

1Open, honest, and direct in speech or writing, especially when dealing with unpalatable matters: a long and frank discussion to be perfectly frank, I don’t know
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  • Without these, it was difficult to engage in open and frank discussions of professional matters.
  • We had very frank discussions on the matters at hand and there are differences of opinion.
  • In general, focus group discussions consisted of honest, open and frank opinions of what the students thought about the class.
Synonyms
candid, direct, forthright, plain, plain-spoken, straight, straightforward, explicit, to the point, matter-of-fact;
outspoken, bluff, blunt, unsparing, not afraid to call a spade a spade
informal upfront
1.1Open, sincere, or undisguised in manner or appearance: Katherine saw her look at Sam with frank admiration
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  • He had been smiling when he walked in, only now his eyes wandered down my frame with frank admiration that my cheeks burned.
  • The young pro-reform forces admire his righteous, sincere and frank personality which makes him fearless in the face of authority and willing to speak for disadvantaged groups.
  • I want to be as frank and sincere as possible in trying to address what I believe are some of the fundamental problems and what I think some of the possible solutions to them could be.
Synonyms
1.2 Medicine Unmistakable; obvious: frank ulceration
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  • On examination, a frank abscess was not seen, and she was admitted for intravenous antibiotic treatment.
  • When electrocardiographic abnormalities occur in association with chest pain but in the absence of frank infarction, they confer prognostic significance.
  • Difficulties with word usage are rare in persons with Huntington's disease, as are frank aphasia or impairments in semantic memory.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'free'): from Old French franc, from medieval Latin francus 'free', from Francus (see Frank: only Franks had full freedom in Frankish Gaul). Another Middle English sense was 'generous,' which led to the current sense.

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frank2

Syllabification: frank
Pronunciation: /fraNGk
 
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verb

[with object]
1Stamp an official mark on (a letter or parcel), especially to indicate that postage has been paid or does not need to be paid.
Example sentences
  • There were some obvious mistakes in amongst all the realism too - modern buttons on a printed fabric shirt, fibreglass insulation in the ceiling and modern stamps and franking on some letters.
  • Volunteers stuck labels, folded letters, franked envelopes and filed mail bags to send more than 10,000 copies of the new brochure out to the public.
  • The advertising service covers stamped, personal mail, but not business mail which is usually franked, rather than stamped.
1.1 historical Sign (a letter or parcel) to ensure delivery free of charge.
1.2 archaic Facilitate or pay the passage of (someone): English will frank the traveler through most of North America

noun

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An official mark or signature on a letter or parcel, especially to indicate that postage has been paid or does not need to be paid.
[formerly as a superscribed signature of an eminent person entitled to send letters free of charge]
Example sentences
  • Several candidates explained in great detail the advantages incumbents have in fundraising, media access and, in the case of federal officials, the frank.
  • Members of both Houses of Parliament had the privilege of free postage (save for the penny post) and gave large numbers of franks to friends, constituents, or even business colleagues: the privilege was not abolished until 1840.
  • He felt a jab of dread as he saw the frank and the crest on the cover.

Origin

early 18th century: from frank1, an early sense being 'free of obligation'.

Derivatives

franker

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noun

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frank3

Syllabification: frank
Pronunciation: /fraNGk
 
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noun

North American
Short for frankfurter.
Example sentences
  • Burgers, franks and sausages are made from soy, egg or wheat protein, and may contain other beans & grains.
  • Even with pretty strict standards, about half the burgers, nuggets, franks, and sausages qualified for a thumbs up.
  • On Sunday, they planned to grill up some kebabs and franks out on the patio for lunch.

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Frank4

Syllabification: Frank
Pronunciation: /
 
fraNGk/

noun

1A member of a Germanic people that conquered Gaul in the 6th century and controlled much of western Europe for several centuries afterward.
Example sentences
  • As Roman Christians, the Franks eventually helped conquer and convert the Goths and other barbarians in western Europe.
  • Between the fourth and eighth centuries A.D., most of both portions were conquered by the Franks.
  • The Franks and other Germanic tribes were never absorbed into the Roman world, rather, they added a Germanic impression to that world.
1.1(In the eastern Mediterranean region) a person of western European nationality or descent.
Example sentences
  • Since the eighth century most probably the designations Franks and Frankish extended beyond the boundaries of the Frankish tribe.

Origin

Old English Franca, of Germanic origin; perhaps from the name of a weapon and related to Old English franca 'javelin' (compare with Saxon); reinforced in Middle English by medieval Latin Francus and Old French Franc, of the same origin and related to French.

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