Definition of pant in English:



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  • 1Breathe with short, quick breaths, typically from exertion or excitement.

    ‘he was panting when he reached the top’
    • ‘All my breath left me in one gasp and I panted for breath as he set me back down on my feet.’
    • ‘His body heaved as he panted, yet he seemed so weary he could hardly stay on his knees.’
    • ‘Lia was starting to sweat now. she looked as if she had ran for five miles, panting and heaving like that.’
    • ‘Finally he calmed down, his chest heaving as he panted, his heart still pounding in his chest.’
    • ‘As I stood panting for breath after an hour's walk in Amazon-like conditions, the man leading us called a halt.’
    • ‘She panted deeply, breath coming in raspy bursts.’
    • ‘We reached my house, panting and out of breath but excited nonetheless.’
    • ‘He was panting heavily, his chest heaving, as if he had just run a great distance.’
    • ‘She panted quickly, her breaths coming in quick succession.’
    • ‘He seamed to be panting heavily, breathing in deep, short and furious gasps as if he had been running forever.’
    • ‘We paused by a telephone pole, leaned against a garden wall, and panted in short urgent breaths.’
    • ‘My chest heaved, I was panting, and my hair had become stringy and was sticking to my sweaty neck and face.’
    • ‘She couldn't catch her breath; she was panting for air, sweating profusely, her vision spinning.’
    • ‘I was breathless from the moment and was panting for breath.’
    • ‘Elvira collapsed into a corner, still panting, her chest heaved up and down.’
    • ‘It was a stand off now, the two circling each other as they panted, short of breath, and sweat gleamed on their foreheads, dirt smeared across their faces.’
    • ‘He scrambled to his little feet, his eyes were wild with something old, stronger and feral, panting and gasping for air.’
    • ‘I pant heavily, taking short and rigid breaths as I swing my racquet violently, coming in contact with the ball as it bounces off of my yellow garage door, zooming back at me.’
    • ‘They leaned heavily against the wall, gasping and panting to catch their breath.’
    • ‘Syd panted, her heart rate slowly returning to normal.’
    out of breath, breathless, short of breath, puffed out, puffing, huffing and puffing, puffing and blowing, gasping, gasping for breath, wheezing, wheezy, winded, short-winded
    breathe heavily, breathe hard, breathe quickly, puff, huff and puff, puff and blow, gasp, wheeze, heave, blow
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    1. 1.1with adverbial of direction Run or go in a specified direction while panting.
      ‘they panted up the stairs’
      • ‘I puffed and panted my way down the stairs and along the corridors ‘til I got to the music rooms.’
      • ‘I arrived late and panted up the road to the gate of the palace between lines of armed police holding back the crowds.’
      • ‘She slid into the front hall and booked it up the stairs, leaving Bloom panting along behind her.’
      • ‘As she panted towards her second floor apartment, she clenched her palms against the banisters, as she had done in the parlour.’
    2. 1.2with direct speech Say something breathlessly.
      ‘‘We'll never have time,’ she panted’
      • ‘"I'm suffocating," she pants.’
      • ‘"I am late," she pants with pouty jowls.’
  • 2Long for or to do something.

    ‘the opening song makes you pant for more’
    • ‘Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them.’
    • ‘The complete domination that they pant for is so close and yet still not complete.’
    • ‘America is such an enlightened and benign hegemon, they argue, that most states will pant for US leadership.’
    yearn for, long for, crave, hanker after, hanker for, pine for, ache for, hunger for, thirst for, be hungry for, be greedy for, be thirsty for, itch for, sigh for, be dying for, cry out for, wish for, desire, be consumed with desire for, want, covet
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    1. 2.1literary (of the heart or chest) throb or heave from strong emotions.
      ‘his breast panted with alarms’
      • ‘Her chest was panting faster by the second as he looked at her with those passionate blue eyes.’
      • ‘His chest panting, the big Guaranzen saw Hark rush him once more.’
      throb, pound, thud, hammer, pulsate, pulse, pump, palpitate, race, beat heavily, go pit-a-pat, pitter-patter, vibrate, drum
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  • 1A short, quick breath.

    ‘Robyn was breathing rather fast, in shallow pants’
    • ‘She glanced up at the gray sky, her breath coming out in a short, gasping pant.’
    • ‘With a start she bolted up it her bed, her breaths coming in heavy pants as tears continued to make their way down her flushed cheeks.’
    • ‘Her breath came in short pants as she stumbled backwards collapsing down onto the bed in a tousled heap.’
    • ‘He was covered in cold sweat and his breath came in short pants.’
    • ‘Ryoshi was breathing heavily as she ran through the corridors, her breath coming in hard pants.’
    • ‘The deep breaths soon turned into quick pants and finally Lamar gave one last cry.’
    • ‘She ran as fast as she could, her breath coming in fast short pants.’
    • ‘Zac immediately pulled away from her, his breath coming out in short pants, mimicking Sunny's own shallow breathing.’
    • ‘Her body was soaked in sweat and her breath came out in shallow pants.’
    • ‘His breath came in short pants, as if he really had been running.’
    • ‘He was out of breath, and sweating, but after a few short pants began to speak.’
    • ‘Her breath comes in pants as she struggled to keep standing.’
    • ‘Nadia asked between pants for breath, nearly two hours later as they neared the summit of the craggy bluff.’
    • ‘My breath came out in short pants as I saw the house in view.’
    • ‘Breath coming in short pants, he halted at the base of the tower.’
    • ‘Her breath was coming in short pants.’
    • ‘Faolan snarled up at me, his eyes blazing, and his breath coming in short pants.’
    • ‘Raven whimpered at the pain even as her breath came in rushed pants.’
    gasp, puff, wheeze, breath
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  • 2literary A throb or heave of a person's heart or chest.

    ‘I felt the quick pant of my bosom’


Middle English: related to Old French pantaisier ‘be agitated, gasp’, based on Greek phantasioun ‘cause to imagine’, from phantasia (see fantasy).