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bent

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noun \ˈbent\

Definition of bent

  1. 1 :  unenclosed grassland

  2. 2 botany a (1) :  a reedy grass (see 1grass 2) (2) :  a stalk of stiff coarse grassb :  bent grass

Origin and Etymology of bent

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


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bent

adjective

Definition of bent

  1. 1 :  changed by bending out of an originally straight or even condition bent twigs standing with knees slightly bent

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

  3. 3 slang a :  different from the normal or usual … she was so bent that she's probably a woman who ought to be locked up somewhere … — Robert Redfordb chiefly British :  dishonest, corrupt a bent cop

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


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bent

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Definition of bent

  1. 1a :  a strong inclination or interest :  bias the organization's religious bentb :  a special inclination or capacity :  talent students with a scientific bent

  2. 2 :  capacity of endurance They fool me to the top of my bent. — Shakespeare

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

Origin and Etymology of bent

irregular from 1bend

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 English Language Learners

bent

adjective

Definition of bent for English Language Learners

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

  • : not honest


BENT Defined for Kids

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bent

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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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