Words related to -ment

endangerment (n.)

1640s (Milton), from endanger + -ment. Earlier was endangering (1580s).

endearment (n.)

"act of endearing," 1610s, from endear + -ment. Meaning "obligation of gratitude" is from 1620s; that of "action expressive of love" is from 1702.

endorsement (n.)

1540s, from endorse + -ment. Figurative use from 1630s. Earlier endosement (early 15c.).

endowment (n.)

mid-15c., "action of endowing," from endow + -ment. Meaning "property with which an institution or person is endowed" is from 1590s; that of "gift, power, advantage" is early 17c.

enforcement (n.)

late 15c., "constraint, compulsion," from Old French enforcement "strengthening, fortification; rape; compulsion, coercion;" from enforcier; see enforce + -ment. Meaning "compelling of obedience to a law, etc." is from 1680s.

engagement (n.)

1620s, "formal promise," from engage + -ment. Meaning "a battle or fight between armies or fleets" is from 1660s; sense of "state of having entered into a promise of marriage" is from 1742; meaning "appointment" is from 1806. Engagement ring attested by 1840.

engorgement (n.)

"act of swallowing greedily;" in pathology, "state of being filled to excess," 1610s, from engorge + -ment or else from French engorgement.

enhancement (n.)

"increase in degree or extent, augmentation, act or state of being enhanced," 1570s, from enhance + -ment.

enjoyment (n.)

1550s, "state of enjoying," from enjoy + -ment. As "that which gives pleasure" from 1732.

enlargement (n.)

1530s, "a release from confinement," from enlarge in the secondary Middle English sense "release a prisoner" (mid-15c.) + -ment. Meaning "act of increasing in size" is from 1560s. Photographic sense "picture of a larger size than the negative from which it was made" is from 1866.

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