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friend

noun [C] uk   /frend/ us  

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 your family: 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 sexual relationship). 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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friend noun [C] (PERSON GIVING MONEY)

someone who gives money to an arts organization or charity in order to support it: The Friends of the Royal Academy raised £10,000 towards the cost of the exhibition.

friend

verb [T] uk   /frend/ informal us  
to invite someone to be your friend on a social networking website: I friended her and sent her a message.
(Definition of friend noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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