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Definition of fond adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    fond

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//fɑnd//
     
    (fonder, fondest)
     
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  1. 1fond of somebody feeling affection for someone, especially someone you have known for a long time Over the years, I have grown quite fond of her. I've always been very fond of your mother.
  2. 2fond of (doing) something finding something pleasant or enjoyable, especially something you have liked or enjoyed for a long time fond of music/cooking We had grown fond of the house and didn't want to leave. Thesauruslikelove be fond of something be crazy about something adoreThese words all mean to find something pleasant, attractive, or satisfactory, or to enjoy something.like to find something pleasant, attractive, or satisfactory; to enjoy something:Do you like their new house? I like to see them enjoying themselves.love to like or enjoy something very much:He loved the way she smiled.be fond of something (somewhat formal) to like or enjoy something, especially something you have liked or enjoyed for a long time:We were fond of the house and didn't want to leave.be crazy about something (informal) to be very enthusiastic or excited about something:Rick is crazy about football. She's not crazy about being told what to do.adore (informal) to like or enjoy something very much:He adores working with children.love or adore?Adore is more informal than love, and is used to express a stronger feeling.Patterns to like/love/be fond of/be crazy about/adore doing something to like/love to do something to like/love something very much I like/love/adore >it>here/there/when… to like/love/adore the way somebody does something to really like/love/adore somebody/something to be really fond of/crazy about something
  3. 3 fond of (doing) something liking to do something that other people find annoying or unpleasant, and doing it often Sheila's very fond of telling other people what to do. He's a little too fond of the sound of his own voice (= he talks too much).
  4. 4 [only before noun] kind and loving synonym affectionate a fond look/embrace/farewell I have very fond memories of my time in Mexico (= I remember it with affection and pleasure).
  5. 5[only before noun] fond hope a hope about something that is not likely to happen I waited all day in the fond hope that she would change her mind.
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noun [uncountable, singular] He will be remembered by the staff with great fondness. fondness for somebody/something a fondness for animals It was her father's fondness for drink that brought about the breakup of her parents' marriage.
Idioms
absence makes the heart grow fonder (saying)
 
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2used to say that when you are away from someone that you love, you love them even more
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