verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM dentun·dent·ed, adjective
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WORDS THAT USE DENT-
What does dent- mean?
The word dent, as in “a hollow or depression in a surface,” does not share a root with the combining form dent-. Learn where dent comes from at our entry for the word.
What are variants of dent-?
Dent- is a variant of dento-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use dento- article.
Another, more common, variant of dent-, especially before a form with a Latin root, is denti-, as in dentiform.
Examples of dent-
A word you may have come across related to dent- is dentist, from the French dentiste. A dentist is “a person whose profession is dentistry, the prevention and treatment of diseases and malformations of the teeth, gums, and oral cavity.”
We know dent- refers to “tooth,” so what does the -ist portion of the word mean? The suffix -ist denotes “a person who practices or is concerned with something.” A dentist is literally a “tooth-ist”!
What are some words that use or are related to the combining form dent-?
What are some other forms that dent- may be commonly confused with?
Example sentences from the Web for dent
My desk still has the dent from where I hit my head against it when I heard that one.
That is bound to put a dent in public confidence in the police.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle|Marlow Stern|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even with mixed reviews, the film did little to dent Clooney's reputation.
Plane travel is extremely dehydrating, and continuously purchasing water at airport prices can put a dent in your wallet.How to Get Cheaper Tickets, Live Like a Local, and Other Great Travel Hacks|Brandon Presser|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Emergency benefits have just expired for some 1.3 million jobless Americans, putting a huge dent in our economy.
I guess he can't make a dent on the Chinese disposition, or he'd have had Wong dead before this.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
Please take the dent out of my side, Poly, for I am more crippled than was the Soldier.The Tin Woodman of Oz|L. Frank Baum
The snow-covered Dent du Midi had a splendor like the face of the full moon when it is rising.Rudy and Babette|Hans Christian Andersen
Then he would show the dent in his cheek, and pass his helmet round for all to see, as a conjurer does.The Relief of Mafeking|Filson Young
Mr. John Dent was born about the middle of the eighteenth century.English Book Collectors|William Younger Fletcher
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Idioms and Phrases with dent
see make a dent in.