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

 

pant

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pænt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pænt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pant
BrE BrE//pænt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pænt//
 
he / she / it pants
BrE BrE//pænts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pænts//
 
past simple panted
BrE BrE//ˈpæntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæntɪd//
 
past participle panted
BrE BrE//ˈpæntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæntɪd//
 
-ing form panting
BrE BrE//ˈpæntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæntɪŋ//
 
Exercise
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) 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. See related entries: Exercise Word Origin Middle English: related to Old French pantaisier ‘be agitated, gasp’, based on Greek phantasioun ‘cause to imagine’, from phantasia ‘imagination, appearance’, later ‘phantom’, from phantazein ‘make visible’.Extra examples He was panting for breath. Mason puffed and panted up the stairs. She was panting with the effort of carrying the suitcase. ‘Keep going, we’ll get there in time!’ she panted. Eventually he arrived at the gate, puffing and panting. She could hear him panting up the stairs. Phrasal Verbspant after somebody