Faithful describes someone who is reliable and consistent. If you're a faithful volunteer at the animal shelter, you show up every Saturday and work hard to help the animals.

A faithful friend is loyal and steadfast — it's no wonder that many people consider their dogs to be their most faithful companions. Though faithful usually describes a person, you can also use it to talk about a particularly reliable object, like your faithful hiking boots. There's another sense of faithful that means "remaining true to," like faithful believers who pray and attend religious services regularly.

Definitions of faithful
  1. adjective
    steadfast in affection or allegiance
    “years of faithful service”
    faithful employees”
    “we do not doubt that England has a faithful patriot in the Lord Chancellor”
    steadfast in purpose or devotion or affection
    fast, firm, loyal, truehearted
    unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause
    devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth
    consistent with fact or reality; not false
    trustworthy, trusty
    worthy of trust or belief
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    not true to duty or obligation or promises
    likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable
    not faithful to religion or party or cause
    perfidious, punic, treacherous
    tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans
    not true to an obligation or trust
    untrustworthy, untrusty
    not worthy of trust or belief
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  2. adjective
    marked by fidelity to an original
    “a faithful copy of the portrait”
    “a faithful rendering of the observed facts”
    synonyms: close
    conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
  3. adjective
    not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend
    “he remained faithful to his wife”
    true to
    sexually faithful
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    having sexual relations with someone other than your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend
    adulterous, cheating, two-timing
    not faithful to a spouse or lover
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  4. noun
    any loyal and steadfast following
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    type of:
    followers, following
    a group of followers or enthusiasts
  5. noun
    a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church
    synonyms: congregation, fold
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    a church congregation guided by a pastor
    type of:
    social group
    people sharing some social relation
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