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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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FRIEND, noun frend.

1. One who is attached to another by affection; one who entertains for another sentiments of esteem, respect and affection, which lead him to desire his company, and to seek to promote his happiness and prosperity; opposed to foe or enemy.

A friend loveth at all times. Proverbs 17:17.

2. One not hostile; opposed to an enemy in war.

3. One reconciled after enmity. Let us be friends again.

4. An attendant; a companion.

5. A favorer; one who is propitious; as a friend to commerce; a friend to poetry; a friend to charitable institution.

6. A favorite. Hushai was David's friend

7. A term of salutation; a familiar compellation.

FRIEND, how camest thou in hither? Matthew 22:12.

So Christ calls Judas his friend though a traitor.

Mat 26.

8. Formerly, a paramour.

9. A friend at court, one who has sufficient interest to serve another.

FRIEND, verb transitive frend. To favor; to countenance; to befriend; to support or aid. [But we now use befriend.]