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informant

in·form·ant

informant

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn for mnt
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who gives information.
An informant told the police where the suspect was hiding.They threatened to put her in prison herself if she refused to be their informant.
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-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.