frequent

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See also: fréquent and freqüent

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French frequent, from Latin frequens (crowded, crammed, frequent, repeated, etc.), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrek- (to cram together).[1]

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frequent (comparative more frequent or frequenter, superlative most frequent or frequentest)

  1. Done or occurring often; common.
    I take frequent breaks so I don't get too tired.
    There are frequent trains to the beach available.
    I am a frequent visitor to that city.
    • 1999, Nicholas Walker, “The Reorientation of Critical Theory: Habermas”, in Simon Glemdinning, editor, The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy[1], Routledge, →ISBN, page 489:
      During the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, this commitment brought him into frequent critical confrontation with entrenched forms of conservative thinking [...]
  2. Occurring at short intervals.
  3. Addicted to any course of conduct; inclined to indulge in any practice; habitual; persistent.
    • 1709, [Jonathan Swift], A Project for the Advancement of Religion, and the Reformation of Manners. [], London: [] Benj[amin] Tooke, [], OCLC 220146796, page 59:
      [E]very Man thinks he has laid in a ſufficient Stock of Merit, and my pretend to any Employment, provided he has been loud and frequent in declaring himſelf hearty for the Government.
  4. (obsolete) Full; crowded; thronged.
  5. (obsolete) Often or commonly reported.
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  1. ^ Schwartzman, The Words of Mathematics: An Etymological Dictionary of Mathematical Terms Used in English

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French frequenter, from Latin frequentare (to fill, crowd, visit often, do or use often, etc.), from frequens (frequent, crowded)

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frequent (third-person singular simple present frequents, present participle frequenting, simple past and past participle frequented)

  1. (transitive) To visit often.
    I used to frequent that restaurant.
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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin frequens.

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  • IPA(key): [fʁeˈkvɛnt]
  • Hyphenation: fre‧quent

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frequent (comparative frequenter, superlative am frequentesten)

  1. (dated or medicine) frequent

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frequent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular frequent or frequente)

  1. frequent; often

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  • English: frequent
  • French: fréquent