Definition of fond in English:



  • 1fond ofHaving an affection or liking for.

    ‘I'm very fond of Mel’
    ‘he was not too fond of dancing’
    • ‘Nevertheless, as leading economists are fond of pointing out, the dollar remains king.’
    • ‘He is fond of the occasional drink and is considered to be good company.’
    • ‘Some writers' memoirs make you so fond of them that you wish you knew them personally.’
    • ‘Pundits and politicians are fond of referring to the campaign as a conversation between the candidates and the public.’
    • ‘Moreover, Shyamalan seems to be too fond of withholding information from the audience.’
    • ‘I also became rather fond of a very saucy mouse in my office.’
    • ‘Maybe they're guilty of collective naivete, but I've grown fond of American optimism.’
    • ‘He was becoming too fond of her nickname; they weren't that friendly, yet.’
    • ‘I've never been particularly fond of the gender politics in his work.’
    • ‘When tipsy or sober, the painter and Jew was mild, charming and fond of quoting Dante.’
    • ‘We seem overly fond of " Zen " imagery these days.’
    • ‘Blakiston wrote short stories, of which for a time I was very fond.’
    • ‘The dead, as he is very fond of saying, don't care.’
    • ‘Somehow, I didn't think Noriko would be particularly fond of either idea.’
    • ‘She had grown rather fond of the European drink and found it to be relaxing to sit and sip.’
    • ‘As they are fond of pointing out here, don't run from hurricanes; they drink hurricanes.’
    • ‘But over the years as he matured, she grew quite fond of him.’
    • ‘She was quick to notice that one of Bingley's sisters seemed quite fond of Mr. Darcy.’
    • ‘And this presents on screen the kind of duality of which Brecht was so fond on the stage.’
    • ‘And a few pages later, he offers one of those partial explanations of which historians are so fond.’
    keen on, partial to, addicted to, enthusiastic about, passionate about
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    1. 1.1attributive Affectionate; loving.
      ‘I have very fond memories of Oxford’
      ‘a fond farewell’
      • ‘The danger with such a collection is that it can degenerate into an overly nostalgic, overly fond remembrance.’
      • ‘All of those fond recollections makes it so nice to go back there year after year.’
      • ‘Does this illustrate the concept of " absence makes the heart grow fonder"?’
      • ‘She laughed and Eddie chuckled at her fond recollections of her mischievous nephew.’
      • ‘He served from 1929 to 1955, leaving behind a legacy of material treasures as well as fond memories.’
      • ‘He was held in fond regard by all of them and will be sadly missed.’
      • ‘He has few fond recollections of his six weeks in a German jail cell.’
      • ‘This was all of course when I was the better part of twelve, and it is something I can look back on now with fond amusement.’
      • ‘Having invested our fondest hopes in that remote goal, we risked a wounding disillusionment.’
      • ‘Two weeks ago, his fondest wish was to die and be with her again.’
      • ‘Do you have any especially fond memories of those times that you might share?’
      • ‘When covering Glenn's early years, it reads like a mother's fond remembrances.’
      • ‘Pupils at a Keighley school bid a fond farewell to two of its pupils.’
      • ‘Now, Layla's fondest wish is to work with Sora again.’
      • ‘Oddly, this fond remembrance didn't seem to put Pietro at ease.’
      • ‘If you expect a moment of regret and fond reminiscence you're very much mistaken.’
      • ‘I guess I knew then that those fond days of carefree friendship would never return.’
      • ‘Other friends are enlisted to pen fond reminiscences.’
      • ‘Believe it or don't, but Levine seems to have some pretty fond memories from his visits.’
      adoring, devoted, doting, loving, caring, affectionate, warm, tender, kind, attentive, solicitous
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  • 2attributive (of a hope or belief) foolishly optimistic; naive.

    • ‘The hope of youth's but a fond dream, and suits only lighter souls than mine.’
    • ‘Zeno's sins are real enough: it is his innocence that he invents, his innocence that is his fond fantasy.’
    • ‘That fond hope never materialised and there was no reason to suppose it would.’
    • ‘In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.’
    • ‘Mr Longestaffe's fond hope was that the whole £50,000 should be applied to Caversham's debt.’
    • ‘We will get along much more cosily if Caroline and not Katherine reads the fond hopes and wishes of her most humble servant.’
    • ‘Our age is more dominated by scientific theory than was Spinoza's, but only a fond illusion persuades us that it is more guided by the truth.’
    • ‘This has always struck me as a fond illusion, but let's go with it for a while.’
    • ‘I tell the previous National speaker that it is a fond hope that it is a full and final settlement.’
    • ‘However they are full of fond imaginings, for instance that rugby is the most popular sport in South Africa.’
    • ‘Even in defeat, he sees success and vows to contest again with the fond hope that he will emerge a victor one day.’
    • ‘When the evidence came to the select committee, he found that it did not sustain his fond beliefs.’
    • ‘The list of such fond dicta could be extended indefinitely.’
    • ‘Riding on his dream vehicle for nearly 25 years now, this man has no fond fancies for fast cars.’
    unrealistic, naive, foolish, foolishly optimistic, over-optimistic, deluded, delusory, absurd, empty, vain
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘infatuated, foolish’): from obsolete fon ‘a fool, be foolish’, of unknown origin. Compare with fun.