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

Officers located a subject who matched the description in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, living in a tent in a wooded area directly across from the area where the theft occurred. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Man charged with stealing dog off deck in Hudson, Wis.," 19 June 2019 Fort Worth, under the tents in the parking lot of Texas Outdoors, on the Weatherford traffic circle (the confluence of U.S. 377, State Highway 183 and Camp Bowie). Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Dreaming of peach cobbler? Check out this farm store and orchard 45 minutes from Dallas," 18 June 2019 The Border Patrol has erected three new tents in Eagle Pass to hold hundreds of migrants to help deal with the ongoing surge at the southern border. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "Eagle Pass erects migrant tents amid massive migrant surge," 5 June 2019 Amal al-Zein, another activist, said security forces set fire to the tents in sit-in area. NBC News, "Machine-gun fire heard as troops besiege protest camp in Sudan," 3 June 2019 There are no official campgrounds, so visitors can pitch a tent in a secluded spot. Abby Sewell, National Geographic, "Discover the best beaches in the Middle East," 29 May 2019 In the summer, Tesla steered into the skid: the company built a tent in the parking lot outside the Fremont factory, which allowed Tesla to increase capacity for the Model 3 without radically restructuring how things worked inside the factory walls. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 Overnight visitors can pitch a tent in one of the park’s primitive campsites. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018 The plan was a response to rapid growth in the number of tents in downtown Olympia in recent months, from a few dozen this summer to more than 300 by November. Abby Spegman, The Seattle Times, "Business owners seek restraining order to stop Olympia’s city-sanctioned homeless camp," 8 Dec. 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 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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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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\ 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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