- An example of ment is movement, which is the changing of position.
- An example of ment is payment, which is what is paid by a person.
- An example of ment is retirement, which is a person taking themself out of the workforce.
- a result or product: revetment, hutment
- a means, agency, or instrument: escapement
- the act, art, or process of: impressment
- the state, condition, fact, or degree of being ____ed: enchantment
Origin of -mentOld French ; from Classical Latin -mentum
- Action; process: appeasement.
- Result of an action or process: advancement.
- Means, instrument, or agent of an action or process: adornment.
Origin of -mentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin -mentum, n. suff.
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.
From Late Latin -amentum, from -mentum via Old French -ment.