\ 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 By way of comparison, there is far more pent-up demand in the current economy. WSJ, "Can’t Afford Tax Cuts; How About Spending?," 8 Oct. 2017 The combination of pent up energy, boredom, goofiness, and willingness to entertain the intrepid fans braving the weather has produced some unexpected results. Alex Davies, WIRED, "If F1 Drivers Can’t Race, They Start Dancing," 24 Oct. 2015 But for the first few weeks of his tenure as secretary of the Treasury, Mnuchin was still giddy over the potential to slash the nation’s tax rates and unleash that sweet, pent-up economic growth. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Trump Is Making His Employees’ Lives a Living Hell," 18 Apr. 2017

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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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The first known use of pent was in 1542

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More Definitions for pent

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Kids Definition of pent

: kept inside : not released pent emotions

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concealed or difficult to comprehend

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