-ment

noun suffix

Definition of -ment

1 a : concrete result, object, or agent of a (specified) action
  • embankment
b : concrete means or instrument of a (specified) action
  • entertainment
2 a : action : process
  • development
b : place of a (specified) action
  • encampment
3 : state or condition resulting from a (specified) action
  • amazement

Origin and Etymology of -ment

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin -mentum; akin to Latin -men, suffix denoting concrete result, Greek -mat-, -ma


-MENT Defined for English Language Learners

-ment

noun suffix

Definition of -ment for English Language Learners

  • : the action or process of doing something

  • : the product or result of an action

  • : the state or condition caused by an action


-MENT Defined for Kids

-ment

noun suffix \ mənt \

Definition of -ment for Students

1 : result, goal, or method of a specified action
  • entertainment
2 : action : process
  • development
3 : place of a specified action
  • encampment
4 : state : condition
  • amazement

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