ant

noun
\ ˈant How to pronounce ant (audio) \

Definition of ant

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: any of a family (Formicidae) of colonial hymenopterous insects with a complex social organization and various castes performing special duties
ants in one's pants
: impatience for action or activity : restlessness

Definition of ant (Entry 2 of 6)

1 antenna
2 antonym

Definition of Ant (Entry 3 of 6)

Antarctica

ant-

prefix

Definition of ant- (Entry 4 of 6)

— see anti-

Definition of -ant (Entry 5 of 6)

1a : one that performs (a specified action) : personal or impersonal agent claimant coolant
b : thing that promotes (a specified action or process) expectorant
2 : one connected with annuitant
3 : thing acted upon (in a specified manner) inhalant

Definition of -ant (Entry 6 of 6)

1 : performing (a specified action) or being (in a specified condition) somnambulant
2 : promoting (a specified action or process) expectorant

Examples of ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some involved human characters, but there was also a love story between two horses, as well as an ant with a dying daughter. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Coronaviruses sharing genetic features with SARS-CoV-2 have been found in other bat species and pangolins, a scaly, ant-eating mammal, elsewhere in Asia, highlighting the broad distribution that may have contributed to its evolution. Jason Gale, Bloomberg.com, 27 May 2021 In a colony, every ant is free to pursue individual tasks while still working towards the colony’s collective goals. Jason Mars, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Walk around the house, closely inspecting the foundation to determine if any two-way ant trails are there, one going into the structure, another coming out. oregonlive, 3 July 2021 After an overnight experiment, Wagner returned to the lab the next morning, only to find the water tank on his table ant-free. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2021 Li says the ant’s armor is very similar in composition to the mineral dolomite, except slightly harder. National Geographic, 25 Nov. 2020 But for future queens of one ant species, sterile worker ants seem to serve this function by physically carrying their royal sisters to neighboring nests. Richard Sima, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Pho Duc Vietnamese Restaurant leased 2,573 square feet of retail space at Lake Prairie Towne Crossing ant Camp Wisdom Road and State Highway 360 in Grand Prairie. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of ant

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ant

Noun

Middle English ante, emete, from Old English æmette; akin to Old High German āmeiza ant

Noun suffix

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from -ant, present participle suffix, from Latin -ant-, -ans, present participle suffix of first conjugation, from -a- (stem vowel of first conjugation) + -nt-, -ns, present participle suffix; akin to Old English -nde, present participle suffix, Greek -nt-, -n, participle suffix

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“Ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ant. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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ant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ant

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a kind of small insect that lives in an organized social group

-ant

noun suffix

English Language Learners Definition of -ant (Entry 2 of 3)

: a person or thing that does a specified thing

-ant

adjective suffix

English Language Learners Definition of -ant (Entry 3 of 3)

: doing a specified thing or behaving in a specified way

ant

noun
\ ˈant How to pronounce ant (audio) \

Kids Definition of ant

: a small insect related to the bees and wasps that lives in colonies and forms nests in the ground or in wood in which it stores food and raises its young

ant.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of ant.

antonym

ant-

Kids Definition of ant-

see anti-

-ant

noun suffix
\ ənt \

Kids Definition of -ant

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : one that does or causes a certain thing deodorant
2 : thing that is acted upon in a certain way

-ant

adjective suffix

Kids Definition of -ant (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : doing a certain thing or being a certain way observant
2 : causing a certain action

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