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ant

noun \ ˈant \

Definition of ant

: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

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Origin and Etymology of ant

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

Other Insect Terms


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ant

abbreviation

Definition of ant

1 antenna
2 antonym

Ant

abbreviation

Definition of Ant

Antarctica

ant-

Definition of ant-

— see anti-

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-ant

noun suffix

Definition of -ant

1 a :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

Origin and Etymology of -ant

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

adjective suffix

Definition of -ant

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

ANT Defined for English Language Learners

ant

noun

Definition of ant for English Language Learners

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


-ant

noun suffix

Definition of -ant for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that does a specified thing


-ant

adjective suffix

Definition of -ant for English Language Learners

  • : doing a specified thing or behaving in a specified way


ANT Defined for Kids

ant

noun \ ˈant \

Definition of ant for Students

: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

Definition of ant. for Students

antonym

ant-

Definition of ant- for Students


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-ant

noun suffix \ ənt \

Definition of -ant for Students

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

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-ant

adjective suffix

Definition of -ant for Students

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


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