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hent

[hent]
verb (used with object), hent, hent·ing. Archaic.
  1. to seize.
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Origin of hent

before 1000; Middle English henten, Old English hentan
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Examples from the Web for hent

Historical Examples

  • To hent is used by Shakespeare for, to seize, to catch, to lay hold on.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

    Samuel Johnson

  • She was seated at a spinning-wheel, but seemed less occupied with the work, than hent on listening to some noise without.

    St. Patrick's Eve

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for hent

hent1

verb
  1. (tr) to seize; grasp
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noun
  1. anything that has been grasped, esp by the mind
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Word Origin

Old English hentan to pursue; related to huntian to hunt

hent2

verb (tr)
  1. Southwest English dialect to emptyI'll hent the water out in the garden
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