anent (prep.) "concerning, about," early 13c., onont "on level with," also "in the company of, fronting against," from O.E. on efn "near to, close by," originally "on even (ground) with;" the parasitic -t added 12c. A northern form (in Midlands, anenst, with adverbial genitive), affected by English writers in Scottish sense of "in respect or reference to." Cf. Ger. neben "near to, by the side of," short for in eben, from O.H.G. ebani "equality."

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  • Anent — Anenst A*nenst , Anent A*nent , prep. [OE. anent, anentis, anence, anens, anents, AS. onefen, onemn; an, on, on + efen even, equal; hence meaning, on an equality with, even with, beside. See {Even}, a.] [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] 1. Over against; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anent — preposition Etymology: Middle English onevent, anent, from Old English on efen alongside, from on + efen even Date: 13th century about, concerning …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anent — preposition /əˈnɛnt/ Concerning, with regard to. Mr Bloom and Stephen entered the cabman’s shelter, an unpretentious wooden structure, where, prior to then, he had rarely, if ever, been before; the former having previously whispered to the latter …   Wiktionary

  • anent — /euh nent /, prep. 1. in regard to; about; concerning. 2. Brit. beside; in line with. [bef. 900; ME var. (with excrescent t; see ANCIENT) of anen, OE on emn, on efen on EVEN1 (ground), with, beside] * * * …   Universalium

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