- 1A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.More example sentences
companion, soul mate, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, alter ego, second self, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate; ally, associate; sister, brother; best friend, kindred spirit, bosom buddy, bosom friend• informal pal, chum, sidekick, crony, main man, mate, buddy, bud, amigo, compadre, homeboy, homegirl, homie, dawg, gal pal, BF, BFF• informal , • plural peeps• archaic compeer
- This recipe comes from a close friend of mine with whom I worked when I was living in London.
- Make an effort to cultivate effective relationships with family, friends and colleagues
- He will be remembered with much affection by his family and close friends.
- 1.1A person who acts as a supporter of a cause, organization, or country by giving financial or other help: join the Friends of Guilford Free LibraryMore example sentences
- But it might not now happen for another year, a member of Friends of East Park fears.
- The Friends of St Mary's Church was set up in 1998 to raise money to maintain the church.
- Part of the funds raised by the sale of the book will be donated to the Friends of St Peter's Church.
- 1.2A person who is not an enemy or who is on the same side: she was unsure whether he was friend or foeMore example sentences
- Enemies become friends and friends become enemies during a surprising turn of events.
- There are enemies, friends, foes, and also potential friends and potential enemies.
- The causes we fight for among friends will be the causes we fight for before enemies.
- 1.3A familiar or helpful thing: he settled for that old friend the compensation grantMore example sentences
- They covet its 8,000 objects as old friends and talk about them with familiar candour.
- 1.4(Often as a polite form of address or in ironic reference) an acquaintance or a stranger one comes across: my friends, let me introduce myselfMore example sentences
- You are responsible, my friend, for one of the most memorable shots from that day.
- Oh, Mr. Grohl - waxing has nothing to do with unwanted body hair, my friend.
- There's more to know about fonts than you ever thought possible, my friend.
- 1.5A contact associated with a social networking website: all of a sudden you’ve got 50 friends online who need to stay connectedMore example sentences
- The only thing is Melissa came across me via this blog rather than from within Myspace itself, but I friended her anyway because she seems nice.
- You have friended someone because of their blog icon.
- I've friended you all, but haven't seen anyone looking for games recently.
- 2 (Friend) A member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.More example sentences
- At the Society of Friends, he would put his arm around newcomers and encourage them into the group.
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- 1Add (someone) to a list of contacts associated with a social networking website: I am friended by 29 people who I have not friended backMore example sentences
- With very few exceptions, if I don't know you I don't friend you.
- I "friended" some of the people I used to know "in real life" on Facebook.
be (or make) friends with
- Be (or become) on good or affectionate terms with (someone).More example sentences
- Right away you notice she's the type of girl everyone wants to be friends with.
- Did you ever have a friend at school who you though you'd be friends with for ever?
- My friend said he was friends with the owners and said it wouldn't be that much money.
a friend at court
- A person in a position to use their influence on one’s behalf.More example sentences
- I didn't want to say good bye to Bess, for I doubted that I would have such a friend at court.
- We had a friend at court, one that secured for me two meetings with Harold Wilson.
- In master Daniel I had a friend at court, who would sometimes give me a cake, and who kept me well informed as to their guests and their entertainments.
a friend in need is a friend indeed
- • proverb A person who helps at a difficult time is a truly reliable person.More example sentences
- As the English saying goes; a friend in need is a friend indeed.
- First she must help the ant because a friend in need is a friend indeed and she can find another worm soon.
- We all have been hearing from our childhood days that a friend in need is a friend indeed.
friends in high places
- People in senior positions who are able and willing to use their influence on one’s behalf.More example sentences
- I had no influence, no friends in high places, no well-connected parents.
- Fortunately, Sheen had friends in high places.
- I have absolutely no doubt that time, and a little help from friends in high places, will create the necessary conditions for eventual acquittals.
with friends like ——, who needs enemies?
- Used to suggest that a supposed friend or ally of a particular person has acted against the best interests of that person: with friends like this guy, who needs enemies?More example sentences
- With friends like our current congressional representatives, who needs enemies?
- With friends like this he hardly needs enemies.
- With friends like them, who needs enemies?
Old English frēond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vriend and German Freund, from an Indo-European root meaning 'to love', shared by free.