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Definition of friendship noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    friendship

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈfrendʃɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrendʃɪp//
     
    Friends
     
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  1. 1  [countable] a relationship between friends a close/lasting/lifelong friendship friendships formed while she was at college friendship with somebody He seemed to have already struck up (= begun) a friendship with Jo. friendship between A and B It's the story of an extraordinary friendship between a boy and a seal. See related entries: Friends
  2. 2  [uncountable] the feeling or relationship that friends have; the state of being friends Your friendship is very important to me. a conference to promote international friendship
  3. Word Origin Old English frēondscipe (see friend, -ship).Extra examples Friendships need time to develop. He betrayed our friendship by revealing my secret to his cousin. He extended the hand of friendship towards/​toward his former enemy. He finds it difficult to make lasting friendships. He was jealous of the friendship between his wife and daughters. He’s keen on cultivating his friendship with the Edwards family. Her mother did not approve of her friendship with Ahmed. How can you let such a silly incident ruin your friendship? In a gesture of friendship she invited them to her wedding. In a gesture of friendship, the president invited his former enemies to a reception. It was a period of her life when she made some lifelong friendships. It will be a pleasure to renew our friendship. Jo struck up a friendship with a girl in her class. Please accept this gift as a token of our friendship. She offended them by turning down their offer of friendship. The aim of the culture festival is to promote friendship between the two countries. The ties of friendship between us will never be broken. Their affair had started out as an innocent friendship. Their quarrel meant the end of a beautiful friendship. They formed a close friendship at college. They made vows of eternal friendship to each other. We cemented our friendship with a beer. We cemented our friendship with a meal and a few drinks. We hope the spirit of friendship and cooperation between our countries will remain strong. We hope the spirit of friendship between our countries will remain. He had already struck up a friendship with Jo. It’s the story of an extraordinary friendship between a boy and a seal. She relied on friendships formed while she was at college. Theirs was a lifelong friendship.
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