Definition of faithful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪθfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪθfl//
    Types of belief
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  1. 1  staying with or supporting a particular person, organization or belief synonym loyal a faithful servant/friend/dog She was rewarded for her 40 years' faithful service with the company. I have been a faithful reader of your newspaper for many years. faithful to somebody/something He remained faithful to the ideals of the party.
  2. 2the faithful noun [plural] people who believe in a religion; the loyal supporters of a political party The president will keep the support of the party faithful. More Like This Plural adjectival nouns the blind, the deaf, the destitute, the dead, the dying, the elderly, the faithful, the homeless, the injured, the insane, the jobless, the middle aged, the old, the poor, the rich, the sick, the squeamish, the wealthy, the wicked, the wounded, the youngSee worksheet. See related entries: Types of belief
  3. 3  (of a wife, husband or partner) faithful (to somebody) not having a sexual relationship with anyone else opposite unfaithful
  4. 4true and accurate; not changing anything a faithful copy/account/description faithful to something His translation manages to be faithful to the spirit of the original.
  5. 5[only before noun] able to be trusted; that you can rely on my faithful old car
  6. Extra examples He had remained entirely faithful to his wife. He has been a very faithful friend to me. The film is quite faithful to the original novel. soldiers who stayed faithful to the king He remained faithful to the ideals of the party until his death. His faithful old dog sat by his feet. It was a faithful representation of his work. She was rewarded for 40 years’ faithful service with the company. The translation is faithful to the spirit of the original. a faithful account of the events leading up to the tragedy a faithful worker/​correspondent
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