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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


  1. (tr) to seize; grasp
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  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


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