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

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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 The medical crew began tent checks and placed out containers of hot tea and hot chocolate, particularly important because the water filtration system was frozen. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Freezing weather hits Matamoros migrant camp where asylum-seekers are days away from U.S. entry," 15 Feb. 2021 To deal with the new influx, the agency on Tuesday reopened a large tent facility in South Texas to house immigrant families and children. Nomaan Merchant, Chron, "In Biden's early days, signs of Trump-era problems at border," 10 Feb. 2021 This week, city crews displaced at least 85 homeless people from a downtown tent camp under Interstate 37. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: In mayoral contest, the players are the same, but everything feels different," 5 Feb. 2021 The tent dress is feminine, beautiful, and always gives us modern Jane Austen vibes. Cassandra Hogan, Town & Country, "How to Wear Oversize Styles," 25 Jan. 2021 The Tenderloin tent counts are done by Urban Alchemy, a nonprofit that works with the city helping the homeless. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Tents are back in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, and scoring drugs is easy," 24 Jan. 2021 Their tent camp is now surrounded by a high fence, with access in and out restricted. Dudley Althaus, ExpressNews.com, "Biden’s border plans raise hopes and fears in South Texas," 23 Jan. 2021 House Democrats who toured a massive outdoor camp across the border from Brownsville, Texas, last January lamented the slumlike conditions in the tent city, including insufficient clean water, improper sanitation systems, and a lack of medical care. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Biden ends Trump 'remain in Mexico' asylum policy," 21 Jan. 2021 Videos posted online show Trump and his family in a nearby private tent watching the rally on several monitors as music blared in the background. Author: Richard Lardner And Michelle R. Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Records: Trump campaign allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot," 18 Jan. 2021 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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21 Feb 2021

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“Tent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tent. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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

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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