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noun friend pronunciation in British 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 Scotland.

    close/good/great friend:

    Helga is a close friend of mine.

    old friend (=one that you have had for a long time):

    I'm having lunch with an old friend.

    friends and relatives/neighbours/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.

    circle of friends (=group of friends):

    She has a wide circle of friends.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of friend
    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'.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of 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.

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  2. 3
    [countable] someone who supports a particular organization, political movement etc, especially by giving them money

    Annabel is a friend of the Metropolitan Museum.



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