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bent

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noun \ˈbent\

Definition of bent

  1. 1 :  unenclosed grassland

  2. 2 a (1) :  a reedy grass (2) :  a stalk of stiff coarse grass b :  bent grass



Origin and Etymology of bent

Middle English, grassy place, bent grass, from Old English beonot-; akin to Old High German binuz rush


First Known Use: 14th century


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bent

adjective

Simple Definition of bent

  • : having a shape that is changed by bending : not straight

  • : not honest

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bent

  1. 1 :  changed by bending out of an originally straight or even condition <bent twigs>

  2. 2 :  strongly inclined :  determined —usually used with on <was bent on going>

  3. 3 slang a :  different from the normal or usual b chiefly British :  dishonest, corrupt

bent out of shape

  1. :  extremely upset or angry

Examples of bent in a sentence

  1. With your knees slightly bent, bend forward and touch your toes.

  2. <the drug dealer knew which of the cops were bent>



Origin and Etymology of bent

Middle English, from past participle of benden to bend


First Known Use: 14th century


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bent

noun

Definition of bent

  1. 1 a :  a strong inclination or interest :  bias b :  a special inclination or capacity :  talent

  2. 2 :  capacity of endurance

  3. 3 :  a transverse framework (as in a bridge) to carry lateral as well as vertical loads



Origin and Etymology of bent

irregular from 1bend


First Known Use: 1586

Synonym Discussion of bent

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <the gift of singing beautifully>. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <a faculty for remembering names>. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <a mechanical aptitude>. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <a family with an artistic bent>. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <has enough talent to succeed>. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <has no great genius for poetry>. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <the knack of getting along>.


BENT Defined for Kids

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adjective \ˈbent\

Definition of bent for Students

  1. 1 :  changed by bending :  crooked <a bent pin>

  2. 2 :  strongly favorable to :  quite determined <She was bent on going anyway.>




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noun

Definition of bent for Students

  1. :  a natural talent or interest <Some students have a scientific bent.>





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