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

The troops were hurriedly sent to the border to provide support for border-patrol personnel, including placing concertina wire and building tents. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Wants Troops to Stay Along the Mexican Border Into 2019," 30 Nov. 2018 Rosewood Luang Prabang: The latest luxury hotel to open in Luang Prabang takes advantage of the area's lush jungles with a series of suites housed in stilted safari-like tents that overlook an expanse of dark-green treetops. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainier, Oregon lets its visitors rent out tents in their sloth habitat to experience a day in the life of sloths. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Baby Sloth Born at Zoo Atlanta," 8 Nov. 2018 The Daily Mail obtained photos of Paltrow and Falchuk's Hamptons home with a giant tent structure set up on the property. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's European Honeymoon," 9 Oct. 2018 Fogarty, the site commander in charge of running the tent kitchens outside the First Baptist Church Activities Center, said the facility has served more than 40,000 meals in four days. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence aftermath sees North Carolina residents stepping up, helping out neighbors," 24 Sep. 2018 The most exclusive event of the week, The Quail, showcased some of the most exotic, pristine cars from around the world, as well as decadent tents full of first-class food and a crowd decked in stylish suits and dramatic hats. Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Playground of the Super Rich You Never Knew Existed," 6 Sep. 2018 For the first hour of roasting or up to two hours for larger birds, prop an aluminum foil tent over the turkey. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "Should You Really Roast Your Turkey Upside Down?," 30 Aug. 2018 One of the tent-pole features of Prime is free shipping. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Amazon Prime Day 2018: Is it worth paying $119 to take part?," 11 July 2018

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

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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 \

Kids Definition of tent

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

tent

noun
\ˈtent \

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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