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dent

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verb \ ˈdent \

Definition of dent

transitive verb
1 :to make a dent in
  • dent a car
2 :to have a weakening effect on
intransitive verb
: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 and Etymology of dent

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


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dent

noun

Definition of dent

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

First Known Use of dent

1565


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dent

noun

Definition of dent

:tooth 2a

Origin and Etymology of dent

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


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dent

abbreviation

Definition of dent


dent-

combining form
variants: or denti- or dento-

Definition of dent-

:tooth :teeth
  • dentiform

Origin and Etymology of dent-

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


Dent

play
biographical name \ ˈdent \

Definition of Dent

Joseph Mal*a*by play \ˈma-lə-bē\ 1849–1926 English publisher


DENT Defined for English Language Learners

dent

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verb

Definition of dent for English Language Learners

  • : to make a dent in (something)

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


DENT Defined for Kids

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dent

play
verb \ ˈdent \

Definition of dent for Students

dented; denting
1 :to make a hollow mark in or on
  • I dented my car.
2 :to become damaged by a hollow mark

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dent

noun

Definition of dent for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

dent

abbreviation

medical Definition of dent



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