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dent

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verb \ˈdent\

Simple Definition of dent

  • : to make a dent in (something)

  • : to decrease (something) : to make (something) weaker

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dent

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a dent in <dent a car>

  3. 2 :  to have a weakening effect on

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to form a dent by sinking inward :  become dented

Examples of dent in a sentence

  1. I'm afraid I dented the wall pretty badly when I was hammering in that nail.

  2. Many of the cans were badly dented.

  3. Some types of metal dent more easily than others.

  4. The team's confidence has been dented by a recent series of losses.



Origin of dent

Middle English, short for indenten to make dents in, indent


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with dent


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dent

noun

Definition of dent

  1. 1 :  a depression or hollow made by a blow or by pressure

  2. 2 :  an appreciable impression or effect often made against resistance <hasn't made a dent in the problem>; specifically :  a weakening or lessening effect <costs that have made a dent in the budget>



1565

First Known Use of dent

1565


3

dent

noun

Definition of dent

  1. :  tooth 3a



Origin of dent

French, literally, tooth, from Latin dent-, dens


First Known Use: 1703


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dent

abbreviation

Definition of dent




Dent

play
biographical name \ˈdent\

Definition of Dent

  1. Joseph Mal*a*by play \ˈma-lə-bē\ 1849–1926 Eng. publisher




dent-

combining form

Definition of dent-

  1. :  tooth :  teeth <dentiform>



Variants of dent-

or denti- or dento-

Origin of dent-

Middle English denti-, from Latin, from dent-, dens tooth — more at tooth



DENT Defined for Kids

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dent

play
verb \ˈdent\

Definition of dent for Students

denteddenting

  1. 1 :  to make a hollow mark in or on <I dented my car.>

  2. 2 :  to become damaged by a hollow mark




2

dent

play
noun

Definition of dent for Students

  1. :  a notch or hollow mark made in a surface by a blow or by pressure




Medical Dictionary

dent

abbreviation

Medical Definition of dent

  1. dental; dentist; dentistry





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