• -ment

    Alternative forms


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

    Full definition of -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

    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 for discussion.


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