- fond [fɔnd US fa:nd] adj[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: fonne 'stupid person' (13-16 centuries)]1.) be fond of sbto like someone very much, especially when you have known them for a long time and almost feel love for them▪ Joe's quite fond of her, isn't he?▪ Over the years we've grown very fond of each other.2.) be fond of (doing) sthto like something, especially something you have liked for a long time▪ I'm not overly fond of cooking.▪ I'd grown fond of the place and it was difficult to leave.3.) be fond of doing sthto do something often, especially something that annoys other people▪ My grandfather was very fond of handing out advice to all my friends.4.) [only before noun]a fond look, smile, action etc shows you like someone very much= ↑affectionate▪ He gave her a fond look.▪ As we parted we said a fond farewell .5.) have fond memories of sth/sbto remember someone or something with great pleasure▪ Marie still had fond memories of their time together.6.) a fond hope/beliefa belief or hope that something will happen, which seems silly because it is very unlikely to happenin the fond hope/belief that▪ They sent him to another school in the fond hope that his behaviour would improve.>fondness n [U]▪ a fondness for expensive clothes→↑fondly
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.