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friendship (ˈfrendʃɪp) 



  1. a relationship between two or more friends   ⇒ Giving advice when it's not called for is the quickest way to end a good friendship.   ⇒ She struck up a close friendship with Desiree during the week of rehearsals.   ⇒ After seven years of friendship, she still couldn't tell when he was kidding.   ⇒ Friendship is based on shared interests.

    to build up a friendship   ⇒ They have built up a close friendship.

  2. the state of being friends, or the feelings that friends have for each other   ⇒ a hobby which led to a whole new world of friendship and adventure   ⇒ He had the friendship of Terry Jones and the respect of John Cleese.   ⇒ Steve really values your friendship more than anything else.
  3. a relationship between two countries in which they help and support each other   ⇒ The President set the targets for the future to promote friendship with East Europe.   ⇒ They were reaching out the hand of friendship to their former adversaries of the Cold War.   ⇒ Restoring ties with Israel would not affect Bulgaria's traditional friendships with other countries.

Quotations including 'friendship'

  • "Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies" [Aristotle]
  • "Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it" [Cicero
  • "Friendship admits of difference of character, as love does that of sex" [Joseph Roux
  • "Men seem to kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it as glass and it goes to pieces" [Anne Morrow Lindburgh]
  • "Friendship: a ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul" [Ambrose Bierce

friend (frɛnd Pronunciation for friend



  1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
  2. an acquaintance or associate
  3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
  4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc
  5. a patron or supporter   ⇒ a friend of the opera
  6. See be friends

  7. See make friends


  1. (transitive) an archaic word for befriend
  2. (transitive) to add (a person) to one's list of contacts and submit one's own details to that person on a social networking website

Derived Forms

ˈfriendless adjective
ˈfriendlessness noun
ˈfriendship noun
ˈfriending noun

Word Origin

Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt

Translations for 'friendship'

  • British English: friendshipPronunciation for friendship A friendship is a relationship or state of being friends between two people who like each other.Their friendship has lasted more than sixty years.ˈfrɛndʃɪp NOUN
  • Arabic: صَدَاقَةPronunciation for صَدَاقَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: amizadePronunciation for amizade
  • Chinese: 友谊Pronunciation for 友谊
  • Croatian: prijateljstvoPronunciation for prijateljstvo
  • Czech: přátelstvíPronunciation for přátelství
  • Danish: venskabPronunciation for venskab
  • Dutch: vriendschapPronunciation for vriendschap
  • European Spanish: amistadPronunciation for amistad
  • Finnish: ystävyysPronunciation for ystävyys
  • French: amitiéPronunciation for amitié
  • German: FreundschaftPronunciation for Freundschaft
  • Greek: φιλίαPronunciation for φιλία
  • Italian: amiciziaPronunciation for amicizia
  • Japanese: 友情Pronunciation for 友情
  • Korean: 우정Pronunciation for 우정
  • Norwegian: vennskapPronunciation for vennskap
  • Polish: przyjaźńPronunciation for przyjaźń
  • Portuguese: amizadePronunciation for amizade
  • Romanian: prietenie prietenii
  • Russian: дружбаPronunciation for дружба
  • Spanish: amistadPronunciation for amistad
  • Swedish: vänskapPronunciation for vänskap
  • Thai: มิตรภาพPronunciation for มิตรภาพ
  • Turkish: dostlukPronunciation for dostluk
  • Ukrainian: дружба
  • Vietnamese: tình bạnPronunciation for tình bạn

Example Sentences Including 'friendship'

Eastwood, already a known admirer of Krall's work, was reported to be pursuing their friendship to the detriment of his five-year marriage.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
For two years our friendship was simply that --- a friendship --- nothing more.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
He fled to Italy after the Communists murdered most of his friends at a so-called friendship meeting.
Jack Higgins THE KEYS OF HELL (2002)
His ego never really recovered, nor did his friendship with Morley Callaghan.
Globe and Mail (2003)
I thought about all the times I'd felt guilty over the damage I'd done to our friendship.
Stuart Harrison BETTER THAN THIS (2002)
In the end, shooting finished in time for Hoskins to return home, but the two men continued their friendship in London.
John Baxter DE NIRO: A Biography (2002)
Not only is sex presented as a nasty, brutal affair, but so is friendship.
Spiked (2003)
Precious is too small a word to contain how important her friendship was to me.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The second son, Duncan, was a seaman, but on visits home he struck up a friendship with Margaret.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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