|Origin:||fonne 'stupid person' (13-16 centuries)|
to like someone very much, especially when you have known them for a long time and almost feel love for them:
Joe's quite fond of her, isn't he?
Over the years we've grown very fond of each other.
to like something, especially something you have liked for a long time:
I'm not overly fond of cooking.
I'd grown fond of the place and it was difficult to leave.
to do something often, especially something that annoys other people:
My grandfather was very fond of handing out advice to all my friends.
4 [only before noun]
a fond look, smile, action etc shows you like someone very much [= affectionate]:
He gave her a fond look.
As we parted we said a fond farewell.
to remember someone or something with great pleasure:
Marie still had fond memories of their time together.
a belief or hope that something will happen, which seems silly because it is very unlikely to happen
in the fond hope/belief that
They sent him to another school in the fond hope that his behaviour would improve.