\ ˈpent How to pronounce pent (audio) \

Definition of pent

: shut up : confined, repressed a pent crowd pent-up feelings

Examples of pent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some event planners said that after 20-plus months of remote work there is a pent up desire by employees and bosses to gather. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2021 With tight global supply and strong pent up demand worldwide as countries recover from the pandemic, oil prices remain near seven-year highs of around $85 a barrel, with the cost of the U.S. benchmark crude rising around 70% so far this year. Sergei Klebnikov, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 And a brand-new transatlantic budget airline—Norse Atlantic Airways—has risen to try to fill the pent up demand. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2021 The combination of an historically low number of homes on the market, coupled with pent up demand for housing has made for an especially interesting time in Alabama’s housing market. William Thornton |, al, 7 Sep. 2021 Luebkemann said the vaccine has made a huge difference and also noted the pent up demand with people worn out and ready for some normalcy. Austin Fuller,, 12 Aug. 2021 The huge spike was helped by the new iPhone 12’s not shipping until part way into the December quarter, which meant there was a larger than normal pent up demand that had to be satisfied in the following quarter. Chuck Jones, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Local entrepreneurs, including des Rosiers, anticipate a pent up demand for restaurants as people get more comfortable being out in public after being vaccinated against COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 15 June 2021 This year, following the advent of COVID-19 vaccines, there is even more pent-up yearning than normal. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of pent

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pent

probably from past participle of obsolete English pend to confine

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“Pent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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Kids Definition of pent

: kept inside : not released pent emotions

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