(French), present participle of lever to raise.
(Law) Rising or having risen from rest; -- said of cattle. See Couchant and levant, under Couchant.
(Italian) levante the point where the sum rises, the east, the Levant, fromlevare to raise, levarsi to rise: confer (French) levant. See Lever.
1. The countries washed by the eastern part of the Mediterranean and its contiguous waters.2. A levanter (the wind so called).
Confer (Spanish) levantar to raise, go from one place to another.
Eastern. (obsolete) Forth rush the levant and the ponent winds. Milton.
To run away from one's debts; to decamp. [Colloq. England] Thackeray.
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Participle adjective of lever (“to raise”).
levant (plural levants) A disappearing or absconding after losing a bet.
levant (third-person singular simple present levants, present participle levanting, simple past and past participle levanted) To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts. 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 16: In a mighty little time their husbands played them false and, taking whatever they could lay hands upon, levanted and left them in the lurch. 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses: He died of a Tuesday. Got the run. Levanted with the cash of a few ads.
Adjective levant (not comparable) (heraldry) Rising, of an animal. (law) Rising or having risen from rest; said of cattle. (poetic) eastern Milton Forth rush the levant and the ponent winds.
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