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Friend vs. Acquaintance

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Friendnoun

A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.

‘John and I have been friends ever since we were roommates at college.’; ‘Trust is important between friends.’; ‘I used to find it hard to make friends when I was shy.’;

Acquaintancenoun

(uncountable) A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of friendship or intimacy; acquaintanceship.

‘I know of the man; but have no acquaintance with him.’;

Friendnoun

A boyfriend or girlfriend.

Acquaintancenoun

(countable) A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.

Friendnoun

An associate who provides assistance.

‘The Automobile Association is every motorist's friend.’; ‘The police is every law-abiding citizen's friend.’;

Acquaintancenoun

A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of friendship or intimacy; as, I know the man; but have no acquaintance with him.

‘Contract no friendship, or even acquaintance, with a guileful man.’;

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Friendnoun

A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted

‘a friend of a friend;’; ‘I added him as a friend on Facebook, but I hardly know’;

Acquaintancenoun

A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.

‘Montgomery was an old acquaintance of Ferguson.’; ‘Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him.’; ‘We contract at last such a familiarity with them as makes it difficult and irksome for us to call off our minds.’; ‘It is in our power to confine our friendships and intimacies to men of virtue.’;

Friendnoun

A person who backs or supports something.

‘I’m not a friend of cheap wine.’;

Acquaintancenoun

personal knowledge or information about someone or something

Friendnoun

(informal) An object or idea that can be used for good.

‘Wiktionary is your friend.’;

Acquaintancenoun

a relationship less intimate than friendship

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Friendnoun

Used as a form of address when warning someone.

‘You’d better watch it, friend.’;

Acquaintancenoun

a person with whom you are acquainted;

‘I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances’; ‘we are friends of the family’;

Friendnoun

(object-oriented programming) A function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.

Acquaintancenoun

knowledge or experience of something

‘the pupils had little acquaintance with the language’;

Friendnoun

(climbing) A spring-loaded camming device.

Acquaintancenoun

slight knowledge of or friendship with someone

‘I renewed my acquaintance with Herbert’;

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Friendnoun

(obsolete) A paramour of either sex.

Acquaintancenoun

a person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend

‘a wide circle of friends and acquaintances’;

Friendverb

To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.

Acquaintancenoun

acquaintances considered collectively

‘his extensive acquaintance included Oscar Wilde and Yeats’;

Friendverb

(transitive) To add (a person) to a list of friends on a social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.

Friendnoun

One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society and welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant.

‘Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend.’; ‘A friend that sticketh closer than a brother.’;

Friendnoun

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?’;

Friendnoun

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.

Friendnoun

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 1656.’;

Friendnoun

A paramour of either sex.

Friendverb

To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend.

‘Fortune friends the bold.’;

Friendnoun

a person you know well and regard with affection and trust;

‘he was my best friend at the university’;

Friendnoun

an associate who provides assistance;

‘he's a good ally in fight’; ‘they were friends of the workers’;

Friendnoun

a person with whom you are acquainted;

‘I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances’; ‘we are friends of the family’;

Friendnoun

a person who backs a politician or a team etc.;

‘all their supporters came out for the game’; ‘they are friends of the library’;

Friendnoun

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

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