Meaning of “friend” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] us uk /frend/

A1 someone who you know well and like:

Sarah's my best friend (= the friend I like most).
Gordon is a friend of mine.
I'm going to New York to visit some friends.

More examples

  • a lifelong friend
  • Matt's a friend of ours.
  • I know him through work, but he's not a close friend.
  • She's been a good friend to me.
  • Andrew and Jean were introduced to each other by a mutual friend.
an old friend

A2 someone who you have known and liked for a long time

be friends (with sb)

B1 to know and like someone:

I have been friends with Jo for years.
make friends (with sb)

B1 to begin to know and like someone:

He's shy and finds it difficult to make friends.

(Definition of “friend” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)