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noun friend pronunciation in American English /frend/
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  1. 1
    [countable] someone you know well and like, but who is not a member of your family
    She’s visiting friends in Illinois.
    close/good/great friend: Helga is a close friend of mine.
    friends and relatives/neighbors/acquaintances: We stayed with various friends and relatives.
    friend of the family/family friend: May I introduce Peter Flint, a very old friend of the family.
    old friend (=one that you have had for a long time): I’m having lunch with an old friend.
    circle of friends (=group of friends): She has a wide circle of friends.
    1. a.
      used for referring to a person without mentioning their name
      I’ll ask my friend at the office if she knows.
      The letter was signed simply “A friend.”
    2. b.


      [plural] if two people are friends, each one is a friend of the other
      They used to be good friends, but they’ve fallen out recently.
      A lot of couples remain friends after their marriage ends.
      friend with: I’ve been friends with him for years.
  2. 2
    [countable] a country that has a good relationship with another country
    Japan is a valued friend and partner of this country.



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