Definition of faint verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

faint

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//feɪnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//feɪnt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they faint
BrE BrE//feɪnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//feɪnt//
 
he / she / it faints
BrE BrE//feɪnts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//feɪnts//
 
past simple fainted
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪntɪd//
 
past participle fainted
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪntɪd//
 
-ing form fainting
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪntɪŋ//
 
Being ill
 
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[intransitive] to become unconscious when not enough blood is going to your brain, usually because of the heat, a shock, etc. synonym pass out to faint from hunger Suddenly the woman in front of me fainted. I'm nearly fainting with the heat in here. (informal) I almost fainted (= I was very surprised) when she told me. See related entries: Being ill Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘feigned’, also ‘feeble, cowardly’, surviving in faint-hearted): from Old French faint, past participle of faindre, from Latin fingere ‘mould, contrive’. Compare with feint.Extra examples He was so pale she thought he was going to faint. He would faint at the sight of blood. She almost fainted with shock. She fainted from lack of air. Almost fainting from lack of air , she could only answer in choked gasps. I almost fainted when she told me. She thought she would faint from sheer happiness.
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