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fond

fond

 
pronunciation:
fand
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: characterized by or expressing tender or affectionate feelings.
I often have fond thoughts of my brother.These photos bring back fond memories of summers by the lake.She gave the child a fond embrace.
synonyms:
affectionate, loving, tender
antonyms:
unfeeling
similar words:
adoring, attached, warm
definition 2: having an affection or taste for.
It was a rocky beginning, but he became very fond of his stepson as time went on.She's fond of chocolate and has some every day.
synonyms:
partial to
similar words:
addicted to, crazy about, hooked on
definition 3: held with affection or desire; cherished.
She has fond hopes of competing in the Olympics.
synonyms:
cherished, treasured
similar words:
pet, precious
definition 4: highly or excessively affectionate or loving; doting.
It was yet another gift from the child's fond grandparents.
synonyms:
doting, overindulgent
antonyms:
indifferent
similar words:
adoring, affectionate, devoted, infatuated, loving, uxorious
Word History
When you say you are fond of someone, you mean that you like or have tender feelings toward that person. But the word "fond" comes from an early English word that means "to be foolish." In the 1500s, it could also mean "foolishly tender." What do being fond of someone and being foolish have to do with each other?
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