Meaning of -ANT in English


-ant BrE AmE ə nt —When attached to an independent stem, this suffix is usually stress-neutral (ac ˈ count — ac ˈ countant; in ˈ habit — in ˈ habitant) . Otherwise, it imposes stress: on the antepenultimate syllable if the penultimate is weak ( ˈ arrogant, ˈ applicant, sig ˈ nificant), but on the penultimate itself if it is strong (flam ˈ boyant, re ˈ luctant) . There are several exceptions: note ex ˈ ecutant, ˈ ignorant, ˈ Protestant.

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