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friendnoun [C]

 us   /frend/
a ​person you ​know well and like a lot, but who is usually not a ​member of ​yourfamily: I ​dreamed my ​school friends were being ​chased by a ​whale. Today I got a ​call from a friend of mine. Chloë was her ​best friend. I moved to California, made friends (= ​became friends with ​people), and ​starteddating.
Friend can also be used when you are ​speaking to someone: Well, friends, I ​think it’s ​time to go.
A ​person or ​organization that is a friend to/of a ​group or ​organizationhelps and ​supports it: The ​president has been no friend to ​smallbusiness. The Senator was a friend of ​businessinterests.
(Definition of friend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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friendnoun [C]

uk   us   /frend/
  • friend noun [C] (PERSON YOU LIKE)

A1 a ​person who you ​know well and who you like a lot, but who is usually not a ​member of ​yourfamily: She's my best/​oldest/​closest friend - we've ​known each other since we were five. He's a family friend/friend of the ​family. This ​restaurant was ​recommended to me by a friend of mine. We've been friends for ​years. José and Pilar are (good) friends of ours. We're (good) friends with José and Pilar. She said that she and Peter were just (good) friends (= they were not having a ​sexualrelationship). I've made a lot of friends in this ​job. He ​finds it ​difficult to make friends.
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someone who is not an ​enemy and who you can ​trust: You don't have to ​pretend any more - you're among friends now.

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friendverb [T]

uk   us   /frend/ informal
to ​invite someone to be ​your friend on a socialnetworkingwebsite: I friended her and ​sent her a ​message.

Friendnoun [C]

uk   /frend/  us   /frend/
(Definition of friend from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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