- friend [ frend ] noun ***1. ) count someone you know well and like that 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): He's meeting an old friend for lunch.circle of friends (=group of friends): She has a wide circle of friends.a ) used for referring to a person without mentioning their name: ACQUAINTANCE:I'll ask my friend at the office if she knows.The letter was signed simply A friend.b ) friends 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. ) count a country that has a good relationship with another country:Japan is a valued friend and partner of this country.─ opposite ENEMY3. ) count someone who supports a particular organization, political movement, etc., especially by giving them money:Annabel is a friend of the Metropolitan Museum.friends in high placespeople who are powerful and important and who will help youjust (good) friendsused for emphasizing that two people are not having a romantic relationship. People sometimes use this expression to suggest that two people really are having a romantic relationship, even though they claim they are not.make friends1. ) to become friends:make friends with: They made friends with the children next door.2. ) to form friendships:You'll make a lot of new friends at college.no friend ofused for emphasizing that you oppose someone or something:I personally am no friend of feminism.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.