how to pronounce friend


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friend is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of friend in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… are from elsewhere and that our friend tells us no but …”

meanings of friend


  1. An associate who provides assistance.
  2. Used as a form of address when warning someone.
  3. A lover; a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  4. A person who backs or supports something.
  5. A person, typically someone other than a family member, spouse or lover, whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
  6. A spring-loaded camming device.
  7. A Quaker; a member of the Society of Friends.
  8. A function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.
  9. Brand name of a spring-loaded camming device, now used to refer to any such device, often uncapitalized, as friend.
  10. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted.
  11. An object or idea that can be used for good.
  12. A relative, a relation by blood or marriage.


  1. To add (a person) to a list of friends on a social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.
  2. To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.


  1. A surname​.

friend frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word friend occurs in english on average 330.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics friend can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that friend can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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