indent

verb (1)
in·​dent | \ in-ˈdent How to pronounce indent (audio) \
indented; indenting; indents

Definition of indent

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to set (something, such as a line of a paragraph) in from the margin
2 : to notch the edge of : make jagged
3 chiefly British : to order by an indent
5a : to divide (a document) so as to produce sections with irregular edges that can be matched for authentication
b : to draw up (something, such as a deed) in two or more exactly corresponding copies

intransitive verb

1 : to form an indentation
2 chiefly British : to make out an indent for something
3 obsolete : to make a formal or express agreement
indent on
1 chiefly British : to make a requisition on
2 chiefly British : to draw on

indent

noun (1)
in·​dent | \ in-ˈdent How to pronounce indent (audio) , ˈin-ˌdent How to pronounce indent (audio) \

Definition of indent (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : the blank space produced by indenting : indention Begin each paragraph with an indent. a half-inch indent
b : a certificate issued by the U.S. at the close of the American Revolution for the principal or interest on the public debt
3 chiefly British
a : an official requisition
b : a purchase order for goods especially when sent from a foreign country

indent

verb (2)
in·​dent | \ in-ˈdent How to pronounce indent (audio) \
indented; indenting; indents

Definition of indent (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to force inward so as to form a depression
2 : to form a dent in

indent

noun (2)
in·​dent | \ in-ˈdent How to pronounce indent (audio) , ˈin-ˌdent How to pronounce indent (audio) \

Definition of indent (Entry 4 of 4)

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Verb (1)

indenter noun

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First Known Use of indent

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 5a

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indent

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French endenter, from en- + dent tooth, from Latin dent-, dens — more at tooth

Verb (2)

Middle English endenten, from en- + denten to dent

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The first known use of indent was in the 14th century

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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Indent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indent. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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indent

verb
in·​dent | \ in-ˈdent How to pronounce indent (audio) \
indented; indenting

Kids Definition of indent

: to set in from the margin Indent the first line of your paragraph.

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