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English noun: friend

1. friend (person) a person you know well and regard with affection and trust

SamplesHe was my best friend at the university.

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)alter ego, amigo, associate, best friend, brother, brother, buddy, chum, companion, comrade, comrade, confidant, crony, familiar, fellow, flatmate, girlfriend, intimate, light, mate, pal, roomie, roommate, roomy, schoolfriend, sidekick

Instance hyponymDamon, Damon and Pythias, Phintias, Pythias

2. friend (person) an associate who provides cooperation or assistance

SamplesHe's a good ally in fight.


Broader (hypernym)associate

Narrower (hyponym)blood brother

Antonymsfoe, enemy

3. friend (person) a person with whom you are acquainted

SamplesI have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances.
We are friends of the family.


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)bunkmate, campmate, class fellow, classmate, connection, end man, homeboy, messmate, pickup, schoolfellow, schoolmate

Antonymsstranger, alien, stranger, unknown

4. friend (person) a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

SamplesAll their supporters came out for the game.
They are friends of the library.

Synonymsadmirer, booster, champion, protagonist, supporter

Broader (hypernym)advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent

Narrower (hyponym)anglophil, anglophile, believer, Boswell, cheerleader, Confederate, corporatist, endorser, enthusiast, Francophil, Francophile, free trader, functionalist, Graecophile, indorser, Jacobite, loyalist, mainstay, maintainer, New Dealer, partisan, partizan, philhellene, philhellenist, pillar, ratifier, Roundhead, seconder, Shavian, stalwart, subscriber, sustainer, sympathiser, sympathizer, toaster, truster, upholder, verifier, voucher, wassailer, well-wisher, Whig

5. Friend (person) a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)


Broader (hypernym)Christian

Instance hyponymPenn, William Penn

Member meronymQuakers, Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends

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