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[n] a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
[n] a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"
[n] an associate who provides assistance; "he's a good ally in fight"; "they were friends of the workers"
[n] a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university"
[n] a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"


enemy, foe

Misc. Definitions

\Friend\ (fr[e^]nd), n. [OR. frend, freond, AS. fre['o]nd, prop. p. pr. of fre['o]n, fre['o]gan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. fr[ae]ndi kinsman, Sw. fr["a]nde. Goth. frij[=o]nds friend, frij[=o]n to love. [root]8
3. See {Free}, and cf. {Fiend}.]
1. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society aud welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant. Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend. --Dryden. A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. --Prov. xviii. 2
2. One not inimical or hostile; one not a foe or enemy; also, one of the same nation, party, kin, etc., whose friendly feelings may be assumed. The word is some times used as a term of friendly address. Friend, how camest thou in hither? --Matt. xxii. 1
3. One who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter; as, a friend to commerce, to poetry, to an institution.
4. One of a religious sect characterized by disuse of outward rites and an ordained ministry, by simplicity of dress and speech, and esp. by opposition to war and a desire to live at peace with all men. They are popularly called Quakers. America was first visited by Friends in 165
6. --T. Chase.
5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] --Shak. {A friend} {at court or in court}, one disposed to act as a friend in a place of special opportunity or influence. {To be friends with}, to have friendly relations with. ``He's . . . friends with C[ae]sar.'' --Shak. {To make friends with}, to become reconciled to or on friendly terms with. ``Having now made friends with the Athenians.'' --Jowett (Thucyd.).
\Friend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Friended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Friending}.] To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend. [Obs.] Fortune friends the bold. --Spenser.

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