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indent

verb in·dent \ in-ˈdent \

Definition of indent

transitive verb
1 a :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
2 :to notch the edge of :make jagged
4 :to set (something, such as a line of a paragraph) in from the margin
5 chiefly British :to order by an indent
intransitive verb
1 obsolete :to make a formal or express agreement
2 :to form an indentation
3 chiefly British :to make out an indent for something

indenter

noun
indent on
1 chiefly British :to make a requisition on
2 chiefly British :to draw on

Origin and Etymology of indent

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

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indent

noun in·dent \ in-ˈdent , ˈin-ˌdent \

Definition of indent

1 a :indenture 1
b :a certificate issued by the U.S. at the close of the American Revolution for the principal or interest on the public debt
2 chiefly British
a :an official requisition
b :a purchase order for goods especially when sent from a foreign country

First Known Use of indent

15th century


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indent

verb in·dent \ in-ˈdent \

Definition of indent

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

indenter

noun

Origin and Etymology of indent

Middle English endenten, from en- + denten to dent


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indent

noun in·dent \ in-ˈdent , ˈin-ˌdent \

Definition of indent

First Known Use of indent

1596


INDENT Defined for Kids

indent

verb in·dent \ in-ˈdent \

Definition of indent for Students

indented; indenting
:to set in from the margin
  • Indent the first line of your paragraph.


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