W1S1 [frend] n
1¦(person you like)¦
2 be friends (with somebody)
4 be just (good) friends
6¦(not an enemy)¦
7¦(parliament/court of law)¦
8 be no friend of something
9 Friend
10 our/your friend
11 have friends in high places
12 a friend in need
[: Old English; Origin: freond]
someone who you know and like very much and enjoy spending time with
Jerry, this is my friend Lucinda.
Is this man a friend of yours ?
Julia was the wife of his best friend .
One of her closest friends died at the weekend.
I didn't expect this treatment from my father's oldest friend .
She told this to only a few trusted friends .
I met Stephano through a friend of a friend .
Few people smoke in my circle of friends .
Jill is a mutual friend of ours.
2.) be friends (with sb)
to be someone's friend
I've been friends with the Murkets for twenty years.
3.) a) make friends
to become friendly with people
Jenny has always found it easy to make friends at school.
b) make friends with sb
to become friendly with someone
He made friends with an old fisherman.
4.) be just (good) friends
used to say that you are not having a romantic relationship with someone
I'm not going out with Nathan - we're just good friends.
someone who supports an organization such as a theatre, ↑art gallery, ↑charity etc by giving money or help
friend of
the Friends of the Tate
6.) ¦(NOT AN ENEMY)¦
someone who has the same beliefs, wants to achieve the same things etc as you, and will support you
our friends and allies around the world
She shot him a quick glance as if unsure whether he was friend or foe.
Don't worry, you're among friends.
BrE a) my honourable friend
used by a member of parliament when speaking about another member of parliament
b) my learned friend
used by a lawyer when speaking about another lawyer in a court of law
8.) be no friend of sth
to not like or be a supporter of something
I'm no friend of socialism, as you know.
9.) Friend
a member of the Society of Friends
= ↑quaker
10.) our/your friend
spoken used humorously to talk about someone you do not know, who is doing something annoying
Our friend with the loud voice is back.
11.) have friends in high places
to know important people who can help you
12.) a friend in need
someone who helps you when you need it
COLLOCATES for sense 1
a friend of mine/yours/Billy's etc
best friend (=the friend you like the most)
good/close friend (=one of the friends you like the most)
old friend (=a friend you have known for a long time)
trusted friend
lifelong friend (=someone who is your friend for the whole of your life)
friend of a friend
circle of friends (=all the friends someone has)
a mutual friend (=someone who is a friend of both you and someone else)
a childhood/boyhood/girlhood friend
WORD FOCUS: friend
similar words: mate (BrE informal), buddy (AmE informal), pal (informal), chum (BrE informal), crony (disapproving)

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