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Le·vant 1

A region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea north of the Arabian Peninsula and south of Turkey, usually including the area of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.

Le′van·tine′ (lĕv′ən-tīn′, -tēn′, lə-văn′-) adj. & n.

Le·vant 2

A heavy, coarse-grained morocco leather often used in bookbinding. Also called Levant morocco.

[After the Levant1.]


intr.v. le·vant·ed, le·vant·ing, le·vants Chiefly British
To leave hurriedly or in secret to avoid unpaid debts.

[Probably after the Levant, used as an example of a faraway place to which a person might abscond (perhaps with a pun on leave).]
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(Tanning) a type of leather made from the skins of goats, sheep, or seals, having a pattern of irregular creases
[C19: shortened from Levant morocco (type of leather)]


(intr) Brit to bolt or abscond, esp to avoid paying debts
[C18: perhaps from Spanish levantar (el campo) to break (camp)]


(Placename) the Levant a former name for the area of the E Mediterranean now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
[C15: from Old French, from the present participle of lever to raise (referring to the rising of the sun in the east), from Latin levāre]
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the lands bordering the E shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
[1490–1500; earlier levaunt < Middle French levant, n. use (with reference to rising sun) of present participle of lever to raise (se lever to rise). See lever]
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Past participle: levanted
Gerund: levanting

I levant
you levant
he/she/it levants
we levant
you levant
they levant
I levanted
you levanted
he/she/it levanted
we levanted
you levanted
they levanted
Present Continuous
I am levanting
you are levanting
he/she/it is levanting
we are levanting
you are levanting
they are levanting
Present Perfect
I have levanted
you have levanted
he/she/it has levanted
we have levanted
you have levanted
they have levanted
Past Continuous
I was levanting
you were levanting
he/she/it was levanting
we were levanting
you were levanting
they were levanting
Past Perfect
I had levanted
you had levanted
he/she/it had levanted
we had levanted
you had levanted
they had levanted
I will levant
you will levant
he/she/it will levant
we will levant
you will levant
they will levant
Future Perfect
I will have levanted
you will have levanted
he/she/it will have levanted
we will have levanted
you will have levanted
they will have levanted
Future Continuous
I will be levanting
you will be levanting
he/she/it will be levanting
we will be levanting
you will be levanting
they will be levanting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been levanting
you have been levanting
he/she/it has been levanting
we have been levanting
you have been levanting
they have been levanting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been levanting
you will have been levanting
he/she/it will have been levanting
we will have been levanting
you will have been levanting
they will have been levanting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been levanting
you had been levanting
he/she/it had been levanting
we had been levanting
you had been levanting
they had been levanting
I would levant
you would levant
he/she/it would levant
we would levant
you would levant
they would levant
Past Conditional
I would have levanted
you would have levanted
he/she/it would have levanted
we would have levanted
you would have levanted
they would have levanted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Levant - a heavy morocco often used in bookbinding
morocco - a soft pebble-grained leather made from goatskin; used for shoes and book bindings etc.
2.Levant - the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
Middle East, Mideast, Near East - the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century; "the Middle East is the cradle of Western civilization"
Levantine - (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant
Verb1.levant - run off without paying a debt
abscond, absquatulate, go off, make off, run off, decamp, bolt - run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along; "The thief made off with our silver"; "the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
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[lɪˈvænt] NOriente m Medio
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nLevante f
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There is one paper published here in the English language--The Levant Herald--and there are generally a number of Greek and a few French papers rising and falling, struggling up and falling again.
Bludyer; the Honourable George Boulter, Lord Levant's son, and his lady, Miss Mango that was; Lord Viscount Castletoddy; Honourable James McMull and Mrs.
Before he entered upon his new duties he wished to take a holiday, and, having no private means, he went as surgeon on a tramp steamer to the Levant. It did not generally carry a doctor, but one of the senior surgeons at the hospital knew a director of the line, and Abraham was taken as a favour.
Then, when no one was near, he took out books for himself; and perhaps because the first impression on his mind was made by an Eastern town, he found his chief amusement in those which described the Levant. His heart beat with excitement at the pictures of mosques and rich palaces; but there was one, in a book on Constantinople, which peculiarly stirred his imagination.
To say the truth, I doubted not from his many strong expressions of friendship, but that he would offer to lend me a small sum for that purpose, but he answered, `Never mind that, man; e'en boldly run a levant' [Partridge was going to inquire the meaning of that word, but Jones stopped his mouth]: `but be circumspect as to the man.
Bates, to be surgeon to the Swallow, Captain Abraham Pannel, commander; with whom I continued three years and a half, making a voyage or two into the Levant, and some other parts.
"Oh, Greece and the Levant. I used to go out for sport and business to Cyprus; some military society of a sort there.
I've been in the Levant, where some of your Middlemarch goods go-- and then, again, in the Baltic.
I bought it for two rose nobles from a shipman who came from the Levant. The boon I crave is that you will place it in my hands and let me die still grasping it.
These changes in the Heav'ns, though slow, produc'd Like change on Sea and Land, sideral blast, Vapour, and Mist, and Exhalation hot, Corrupt and Pestilent: Now from the North Of NORUMBEGA, and the SAMOED shoar Bursting thir brazen Dungeon, armd with ice And snow and haile and stormie gust and flaw, BOREAS and CAECIAS and ARGESTES loud And THRASCIAS rend the Woods and Seas upturn; With adverse blast up-turns them from the South NOTUS and AFER black with thundrous Clouds From SERRALIONA; thwart of these as fierce Forth rush the LEVANT and the PONENT VVindes EURUS and ZEPHIR with thir lateral noise, SIROCCO, and LIBECCHIO.
Vessels were about to sail for the Levant. All possible precautions were taken.
Dantes obeyed, and commenced what he called his history, but which consisted only of the account of a voyage to India, and two or three voyages to the Levant until he arrived at the recital of his last cruise, with the death of Captain Leclere, and the receipt of a packet to be delivered by himself to the grand marshal; his interview with that personage, and his receiving, in place of the packet brought, a letter addressed to a Monsieur Noirtier -- his arrival at Marseilles, and interview with his father -- his affection for Mercedes, and their nuptual feast -- his arrest and subsequent examination, his temporary detention at the Palais de Justice, and his final imprisonment in the Chateau d'If.