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bent

adjective , chiefly British

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bent

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2 a special and usually inborn ability
  • having a decided bent for languages, he picked up Italian in no time
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gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature.
    • the gift of singing beautifully
faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function.
    • a faculty for remembering names
aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it.
    • a mechanical aptitude
bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability.
    • a family with an artistic bent
talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed.
    • has enough talent to succeed
genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability.
    • has no great genius for poetry
knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance.
    • the knack of getting along

bent

verb , past tense of bend

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1 to cause to turn away from a straight line
  • she bent the blade of the knife when she got it jammed in the drawer
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3 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • bent all of his efforts toward making his first documentary film
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4 to turn away from a straight line or course
  • the stream bends slightly to the east
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5 to change so much as to create a wrong impression or alter the meaning of
  • attorneys bending the facts to put their client in the most favorable light
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