[ bent ]
/ bɛnt /
curved; crooked: a bent bow; a bent stick.
determined; set; resolved (usually followed by on): to be bent on buying a new car.
Chiefly British Slang.
- morally crooked; corrupt.
- stolen: bent merchandise.
direction taken, as by one's interests; inclination: a bent for painting.
capacity of endurance: to work at the top of one's bent.
Civil Engineering. a transverse frame, as of a bridge or an aqueduct, designed to support either vertical or horizontal loads.
Archaic. bent state or form; curvature.
Words nearby bent
Origin of bent1
First recorded in 1525–35; orig. past participle of bend1
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British Dictionary definitions for bent on (1 of 2)
/ (bɛnt) /
not straight; curved
(foll by on) fixed (on a course of action); resolved (to); determined (to)
- dishonest; corrupt
- (of goods) stolen
- crazy; mad
- British offensive homosexual
personal inclination, propensity, or aptitude
capacity of endurance (esp in the phrase to the top of one's bent)
civil engineering a framework placed across a structure to stiffen it
British Dictionary definitions for bent on (2 of 2)
/ (bɛnt) /
short for bent grass
a stalk of bent grass
archaic any stiff grass or sedge
Scot and Northern English dialect heath or moorland
Word Origin for bent
Old English bionot; related to Old Saxon binet, Old High German binuz rush
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Idioms and Phrases with bent on
Also, bent upon. Determined, resolved, as in Jamie is bent on winning the math prize. This phrase, first recorded in 1762, always uses the past participle of the verb bend in the sense of “tend toward.”
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