Meaning of -ANT in English

-ANT

I. ənt, ə nt noun suffix

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from -ant, present participle suffix, from Latin -ant-, -ans, present participle suffix of first conjugation, from -a- (vowel of first conjugation) + -nt-, -ns, present participle suffix; akin to Old English -nde, present participle suffix, Old High German -nti, Old Norse -ndi, Gothic -nds, Greek -nt-, -n, present, future, & aor. participle suffix, Sanskrit -nt, present, future, & aor. active participle suffix

1.

a. : one that performs (a specified action) : personal or impersonal agent

assist ant

claim ant

cool ant

deodor ant

result ant

b. : thing that promotes (a specified action or process)

expector ant

2. : person or thing connected with

annuit ant

chemotherapeut ant

3. : thing that is acted upon (in a specified manner)

inhal ant

ingest ant

4. : thing that is used (for a specified purpose)

antifogg ant

II. adjective suffix

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from -ant, present participle suffix

1. : performing (a specified action) or being (in a specified condition)

denud ant

propell ant

somnambul ant

2. : promoting (a specified action or process)

expector ant

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