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



    BrE BrE//fɒnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɑːnd//
    (fonder, fondest)
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  1. 1fond of somebody feeling affection for somebody, especially somebody 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. Synonymslovelike be fond of somebody adore be devoted to somebody care for somebody dote on somebodyThese words all mean to have feelings of love or affection for somebody.love to have strong feelings of affection for somebody:I love you.like to find somebody pleasant and enjoy being with them:She’s nice. I like her.be fond of somebody to feel affection for somebody, especially somebody you have known for a long time:I’ve always been very fond of your mother.adore to love somebody very much:It’s obvious that she adores him.be devoted to somebody to love somebody very much and be loyal to them:They are devoted to their children.care for somebody to love somebody, especially in a way that is based on strong affection or a feeling of wanting to protect them, rather than sex:He cared for her more than she realized. Care for somebody is often used when somebody has not told anyone about their feelings or is just starting to be aware of them. It is also used when somebody wishes that somebody loved them, or doubts that somebody does:If he really cared for you, he wouldn’t behave like that.dote on somebody to feel and show great love for somebody, ignoring their faults:He dotes on his children.Patterns to really love/​like/​adore/​care for/​dote on somebody to be really/​genuinely fond of/​devoted to somebody to love/​like/​care for somebody very much
  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. Synonymslikelove be fond of be keen on 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 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 keen on something (British Englishinformal) (often used in negative statements) to like or enjoy something:I’m not keen on spicy food. She’s not keen on being told what to do.adore (informal) to like or enjoy something very much:She 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 keen on/​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/​keen on something
  3. 3fond of (doing) something liking to do something which other people find annoying or unpleasant, and doing it often Sheila's very fond of telling other people what to do. He's rather 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 Spain (= 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.
  6. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘infatuated, foolish’): from obsolete fon ‘a fool, be foolish’, of unknown origin. Compare with fun.Extra examples I have very fond memories of my time in Spain. She waved a fond farewell to her parents and sister. a fond father/​mother a fond look/​smile/​memory
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