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Definition of pant verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pant
he / she / it pants
past simple panted
-ing form panting
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to breathe quickly with short breaths, usually with your mouth open, because you have been doing some physical exercise, or because it is very hot She finished the race panting heavily. She could hear him panting up the stairs (= running up and breathing quickly). He found her panting for breath at the top of the hill. Phrasal Verbspant for/after somebody/something
pant noun [usually plural]
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1 His breath came in short pants. see also pantsIdioms
puff and pant (informal puff and blow)
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2to breathe quickly and loudly through your mouth after physical effort Eventually, puffing and panting, he arrived at the gate.