tent

noun
\ ˈtent \

Definition of tent 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a collapsible shelter of fabric (such as nylon or canvas) stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping outdoors or as a temporary building

2 : dwelling

3a : something that resembles a tent or that serves as a shelter especially : a canopy or enclosure placed over the head and shoulders to retain vapors or oxygen being medically administered

b : the web of a tent caterpillar

tent

verb (1)
tented; tenting; tents

Definition of tent (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to reside for the time being : lodge

2 : to live in a tent

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a tent

2 : to lodge in tents

tent

verb (2)
tented; tenting; tents

Definition of tent (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

chiefly Scotland

: to attend to

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Other words from tent

Noun

tentless \ˈtent-ləs \ adjective
tentlike \ˈtent-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for tent

Synonyms: Noun

awning, canopy, ceiling, cover, roof

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Examples of tent in a Sentence

Noun

a huge tent was erected for the outdoor wedding reception

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For those transferring to the Market-Frankford Line at 40th Street, there will be tents providing temporary shelter as well as signs with additional details about boardings, routes and closures. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "SEPTA's Center City trolley tunnel to close for 9-day maintenance 'blitz'," 12 July 2018 The group has also gathered 10,000 trees from around the country and abroad, nurturing them in shaded tents. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 Network television tents sit empty outside the White House after President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on July 9, 2018. Alana Abramson, Time, "President Trump Names New Supreme Court Justice," 10 July 2018 We green light stories together in figuring out how could this becomes a tent pole that could really work across all platforms. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Nat Geo executives Courteney Monroe, Rachel Webber and Susan Goldberg on Recode Decode," 6 July 2018 These are the boom times, so to speak, for Phantom, TNT and Sky King — the major fireworks retailers — not to mention all those little roadside tents that spring up in the days before the Fourth of July. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Yes, you still have to lie to buy fireworks. Should Florida change that?," 2 July 2018 The open field where vendors set up their tents and park employees got children’s attractions such as face-painting, games and rides ready, began to fill up well before 5 p.m., despite the fireworks show being more than four hours away. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Thousands enjoy Wilmette Independence Day events at Gillson Park," 5 July 2018 Pitch your tent in the Teddy Bear Picnic Area and have dinner, rides, and live entertainment under the stars. SFChronicle.com, "Kids listings," 5 July 2018 Tristan Beaudette was killed in his tent while camping with his 2- and 4-year-old daughters. CBS News, "After father's mysterious slaying at campsite, stories emerge of past shooting incidents," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Leave a Note Shinde is one of Botswana’s iconic luxury tented camps, refurbished in 2015 and located on the edge of the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. Condé Nast Traveler, "Shinde Enclave," 25 Aug. 2017 A rival group, the Worker’s Ex-Servicemen League, Communist vets at odds with Waters’s group, tented at 14th and D streets in Southwest Washington. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "The veterans were desperate. Gen. MacArthur ordered U.S. troops to attack them.," 28 July 2017 Sherwood’s home has been tented so that sulfuryl fluoride, a poisonous, odorless gas, can be sprayed inside. Bill Hanna, star-telegram, "Exterminating rare termites in Fort Worth home takes extreme measures," 27 June 2017 Outside, two tented stages will provide three days of musical performances. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Satchmo SummerFest announces lineup and a dance room with A/C," 27 June 2017 The design is suspended 30 feet above ground and features tented structures atop a mesh platform. Elizabeth Stamp, CNN, "The architects throwing out the rulebook on hotel design," 15 June 2017 One morning this week, Markowski watched workers hoeing the rich soil between rows of tobacco beneath acres of tenting on his family's West Suffield farm. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Foreign Competition, Labor Costs Push Connecticut Shade Tobacco Farmers To The Edge," 15 June 2017 Like Top Gear, the car segments are filmed around the world, along with the addition of audience segments, thanks to the show's mobile tented studio. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "'Grand Tour' host Richard Hammond escapes fiery crash in Switzerland," 10 June 2017 The 37,000-acre spread will open its sixth tented camp, North Bank Camp, on the Blackfoot River this month. Compiled By Elaine Glusac, star-telegram.com, "Where to travel now if you’re yearning to explore the great outdoors," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of tent

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

circa 1608, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tent

Noun

Middle English tente, from Anglo-French, from Latin tenta, feminine of tentus, past participle of tendere to stretch — more at thin

Verb (2)

Middle English, from tent attention, short for attent, from Anglo-French atente, from atendre to attend

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Phrases Related to tent

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tent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tent

: a portable shelter that is used outdoors, is made of cloth (such as canvas or nylon), and is held up with poles and ropes

tent

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Kids Definition of tent

: a portable shelter (as of canvas) stretched and supported by poles

tent

noun
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Medical Definition of tent 

: a canopy or enclosure placed over the head and shoulders to retain vapors or oxygen during medical administration

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