Meaning of -ENT in English

-ENT

I. -ant /ənt/ BrE AmE , -ent suffix [in nouns and adjectives]

[ Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin , a present participle ending ]

someone or something that does something:

a servant (=someone who serves others)

disinfectant (=substance for killing germs)

expectant (=expecting)

pleasant (=pleasing)

II. -ent / ə nt/ BrE AmE suffix [in adjectives and nouns]

[ Language: Latin ; Origin: -ent- , the base form of the present participle ending ]

someone or something that does something, or that has a particular quality:

local residents

⇨ ↑ -ant

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