Definition of frequent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfriːkw(ə)nt/
1Occurring or done many times at short intervals: frequent changes in policy the showers will become heavier and more frequent
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  • These recitations must be roughly repeated at frequent intervals if they are not to be lost.
  • Although I removed the advert from the screen, the persistent thing continues to pop up at frequent intervals, much to my increasing irritation.
  • Soulful music regaled the families dining at Chin Chin, the Chinese restaurant, while a special buffet at the Coffee Pot kept guests coming back for more at frequent intervals.
recurrent, recurring, repeated, persistent, periodic, perennial, chronic, continuing, occurring often, continual, constant, incessant, non-stop, endless;
many, very many, a great many, numerous, countless, quite a few, quite a lot of, lots of, several
informal eternal, loads of, masses of, heaps of, dozens of, hundreds of, thousands of, millions of, more … than one can shake a stick at
1.1 [attributive] (Of a person) doing something often; habitual: a frequent visitor to Scotland
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  • He owned a holiday home in Lurga, Charlestown and was a regular and frequent visitor to the Charlestown area in recent years.
  • This particularly affects frequent travelers, those people that are very good customers of the airlines.
  • In that role, she was in charge of training x-ray personnel and became a frequent visitor to hospitals and ambulance stations.
habitual, customary, regular, common, everyday, daily, routine;
continual, constant, incessant
literary wonted
1.2 archaic Found at short distances apart: walls flanked by frequent square towers
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  • He said they were hampered by dreadful roads, frequent road blocks and gunpoint identity checks by the soldiers in the area because of the ongoing conflict.


Pronunciation: /frɪˈkwɛnt/
[with object]
Visit (a place) often: pubs frequented by soldiers bears which persisted in frequenting developed areas (as adjective, with submodifier frequented) one of the most frequented sites
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  • These are just a few of the many bird species frequenting the unique habitat of the mangrove lagoons.
  • The bar across the road frequented by Stuart and his chums does a lovely spicy sausage sandwich to go.
  • The shows will be conducted at places frequented by families in the evenings.
visit, visit often, be a regular visitor to, be a regular client of, go to regularly, go to repeatedly, attend, attend frequently;
haunt, patronize, spend time in, spend all of one's time in, loiter in, linger in
informal hang out at, hang around at, show up often at



Pronunciation: /friːkwɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • A new governmental regulation will be applied to limit the frequentation of the bivouac areas at some dates.
  • Mundane frequentations often occasion temptations.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'profuse, ample'): from French, or from Latin frequens, frequent- 'crowded, frequent', of unknown ultimate origin.

  • ‘Profuse, ample’ was the meaning of frequent in early examples. It comes from Latin frequens, ‘crowded, frequent’.

Words that rhyme with frequent

absent, accent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, bent, cement, cent, circumvent, consent, content, dent, event, extent, ferment, foment, forewent, forwent, gent, Ghent, Gwent, lament, leant, lent, meant, misrepresent, misspent, outwent, pent, percent, pigment, rent, scent, segment, sent, spent, stent, Stoke-on-Trent, Tashkent, tent, torment, Trent, underspent, underwent, vent, went sequent

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