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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: pantaisier, from Vulgar Latin phantasiare 'to see things which are not there', from Latin phantasia; FANTASY

pant

verb
     
pant
1 [intransitive]HB to breathe quickly with short noisy breaths, for example because you have been running or because it is very hot:
He came in panting after running up the steps.
The dog lay panting on the doorstep.
2 [transitive] to say something while you are panting:
'I can't run any farther,' she panted.
pant noun [countable]

pant for something

phrasal verb
to want something very much:
He came in panting for a cup of tea.
WORD FOCUS: breathe WORD FOCUS: breathe
to breathe in: inhale formal

to breathe out: exhale formal

to breathe noisily: sniff, snore (when sleeping)
snort
, sigh

to breathe with difficulty: gasp, pant, wheeze, be short of breath, be out of breath

to be unable to breathe: choke, suffocate
breathe

See also
breathe

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