tent

noun
\ ˈtent How to pronounce tent (audio) \

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
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
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
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 How to pronounce tentless (audio) \ adjective
tentlike \ ˈtent-​ˌlīk How to pronounce tentlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for tent

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The training room was upstairs and the weight room and player dining area were in a large tent in the parking lot. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Inside Giants’ multimillion-dollar upgrade: Spring home gets a makeover," 11 Feb. 2020 The man was living in a tent in a large wooded area off Minnesota Drive between Dimond Boulevard and 100th Street, said Renee Oistad, a spokeswoman for the police department. Anchorage Daily News, "Police seek public’s help finding people tied to South Anchorage shooting," 23 Jan. 2020 In fact, some campers would rather sleep in a hammock—whether covered or not—than in a tent in a sleeping bag. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Tricks for Sleeping Better in Camp," 7 Dec. 2019 The aid workers record the number of residents in each tent, as well as the number of latrines and kitchens in the settlement. Abby Sewell, Wired, "How Aid Groups Map Refugee Camps That Officially Don't Exist," 20 Jan. 2020 Managers from each will be on site at the two fairs, which take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 25, in the tent at the Flora-Bama. al, "Flora-Bama announces job fairs, seeking to hire 200," 8 Jan. 2020 The hundreds of jumpers mostly waited in a heated tent as their teams were called. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds take an icy leap at the annual Polar Plunge," 22 Dec. 2019 Her father divided the property among his three children, and when a relative suggested selling it a few years ago, Redo flew up from Mexico City and spent a couple of nights in a tent on her land under the enormous vault of stars. Elisabeth Malkin, ELLE Decor, "See Inside an Idyllic Retreat in Northern Mexico," 18 Dec. 2019 The cooking also took place in a tent attached to the back of the building, where a steady flow of schnitzels proceeded from the prep room to large frying pans over a large stove, and then to the kitchen for serving. Joan Hunt, courant.com, "Saengerbund Shares Holiday Traditions, Hospitality," 6 Dec. 2019 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 tent, tente "collapsible shelter of animal skins or fabric used by nomads, shelter, dwelling," borrowed from Anglo-French tente, going back to Vulgar Latin *tenta, noun derivative from feminine of Latin tentus, tensus, past participle of tendere "to extend outward, stretch" (or from Vulgar Latin *tendita, re-formation of the participle) — more at tender entry 3

Verb (1)

derivative of tent entry 1

Verb (2)

Middle English tenten "to look after, see to, watch over," noun derivative of tent, tente "intention, purpose, heed," short for entente, intente intent entry 1

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Time Traveler for tent

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

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Last Updated

17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tent. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for tent

tent

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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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\ ˈtent How to pronounce tent (audio) \

Kids Definition of tent

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

tent

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\ ˈtent How to pronounce tent (audio) \

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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