-ment

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin -amentum, from -mentum via Old French -ment.

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. Used to form nouns from verbs, the nouns having the sense of "the action or result of what is denoted by the verb".

Usage notes[edit]

Generally attached to stem without changes, except when the stem ends in -dge, where the -e is sometimes dropped, as in abridgment, acknowledgment, judgment, and lodgment, with the forms without -e being preferred in American English. Of these, judgment is the most significant, and usage varies globally; see Judgment: Spelling for discussion.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Provençal, from Latin mente, ablative singular of mēns (mind).

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. Added to the feminine singular form of an adjective to form an adverb. Compare English -wise, -ly.

Usage notes[edit]

In adverbs formed with the suffix -ment, two syllables are stressed: the syllable that was stressed in the original adjective, and the suffix. For example, ràpida (quick, feminine singular) yields ràpidament (quickly), which is stressed /ˌra.pi.ðə.ˈmen/, as if spelled ràpidamént.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Provençal, from Late Latin -mentum, from Latin -menta.

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. Used to form nouns from verbs. Cognate with -ment.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French -ment, from Old French -ment, from Latin mente, ablative singular of mēns (mind). This Latin noun was feminine, which explains why adverbs formed with this suffix use the feminine form of the adjective; for example, vivement comes from vive (feminine form of vif) + -ment, and could be glossed as "in a lively spirit".

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. Used to form adverbs (from the feminine form of an adjective), most of the time equivalent to the English -wise, -ly.
    rapide + ‎-ment → ‎rapidement
Usage notes[edit]

With adjectives ending in -ant(e), -ent(e), the suffix combines with the ending to produce -amment, -emment (both pronounced /a.mɑ̃/).

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French -ment, from Old French -ment, from Late Latin -mentum, from Latin -menta, from Proto-Indo-European *-men- plus *-teh₂-.

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. Used to form nouns from verbs, usually of action or state resulting of them. Equivalent to the English -ment.
    parer + ‎-ment → ‎parement
    abandonner + ‎-ment → ‎abandonnement
    manier + ‎-ment → ‎maniement

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. Used to form adverbs, most of the time equivalent to the English -wise, -ly.
  2. Used to form nouns from verbs, usually of action or state resulting of them. Equivalent to the English -ment.

Descendants[edit]


Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from Latin mente, the ablative singular of mēns (mind).

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. used to form adverbs (from the feminine form of an adjective)

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Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Provençal, from Late Latin -mentum, from Latin -menta.

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. -ment; suffix used to form nouns

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Old French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin mente, ablative singular of mēns (mind).

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. Used to form adverbs, most of the time equivalent to the English -wise, -ly.
    Example: hastivement

Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. Used to form nouns from verbs, usually of action or state resulting of them. Equivalent to the English -ment.
    Example: bastissement

Descendants[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ment

  1. -ment; form nouns from verbs. See also -mang.

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