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
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

Other Words from tent

Noun

tentless \ ˈtent-​ləs How to pronounce tent (audio) \ adjective
tentlike \ ˈtent-​ˌlīk How to pronounce tent (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 By my rough estimates, at least 500 people are gathered around the ceremony’s open white tent. Ken Budd, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 On the first trip, in 1975, Harpham and her then boyfriend packed up their backpacks and a two-person tent and snaked across Europe by rail, reaching Istanbul in Turkey. Francesca Street, CNN, 25 May 2022 This year, the track has added a second deck to the big infield tent and other facilities have been added, making the horses disappear for those watching on track for a lot of the backstretch. John Cherwaspecial Contributor, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Reinventing the traditional safari tent, the new lodge will be even more stylish and contemporary, while retaining the rustic and tactile nature of the original camp. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 19 May 2022 From his time on WJOX-FM with Cole Cubelic to the gaggle of reporters outside that tent to his post-round chat with Paul Finebaum, a certain word was consistent. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 17 May 2022 The Gendrons didn’t show outward signs of trouble at home, erecting a tent and inviting neighbors and friends to a party last June when Payton Gendron graduated from school. Dan Frosch, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Ululations and cheers erupted in the lawmakers’ tent after Mr. Mohamud was declared the winner. New York Times, 15 May 2022 And because the areas around there are not treated, other species that are affected, like tent caterpillars, usually bounce back in the treatment area within a couple of years. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 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, 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, 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, 27 June 2017 Outside, two tented stages will provide three days of musical performances. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, 27 June 2017 The design is suspended 30 feet above ground and features tented structures atop a mesh platform. Elizabeth Stamp, CNN, 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, 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, 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, 7 June 2017 See More

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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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Last Updated

28 May 2022

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“Tent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tent. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tent

tent

noun
\ ˈtent How to pronounce tent (audio) \

Kids Definition of tent

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

tent

noun
\ 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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