indent

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[ verb in-dent; noun in-dent, in-dent ]
/ verb ɪnˈdɛnt; noun ˈɪn dɛnt, ɪnˈdɛnt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of indent

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1350–1400; Middle English; back formation from indented having toothlike notches, Middle English < Medieval Latin indentātus, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + dentātus dentate; see -ed2
Related formsin·dent·er, in·den·tor, noun

Definition for indent (2 of 2)

indent

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[ verb in-dent; noun in-dent, in-dent ]
/ verb ɪnˈdɛnt; noun ˈɪn dɛnt, ɪnˈdɛnt /

verb (used with object)

to dent; press in so as to form a dent: to indent a pattern on metal.
to make or form a dent in: The wooden stairs had been indented by horses' hooves.

noun

a dent.

Origin of indent

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Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at in-2, dent1
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British Dictionary definitions for indent (1 of 2)

indent

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verb (ɪnˈdɛnt) (mainly tr)

noun (ˈɪnˌdɛnt)

Derived Formsindenter or indentor, noun

Word Origin for indent

C14: from Old French endenter, from en- 1 + dent tooth, from Latin dēns

British Dictionary definitions for indent (2 of 2)

indent

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verb (ɪnˈdɛnt)

(tr) to make a dent or depression in

noun (ˈɪnˌdɛnt)

a dent or depression

Word Origin for indent

C15: from in- ² + dent 1
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Word Origin and History for indent

indent


v.

early 15c., indenten/endenten "to make notches; to give (something) a toothed or jagged appearance," also "to make a legal indenture," from Old French endenter "to notch or dent, give a serrated edge to," from Medieval Latin indentare "to furnish with teeth," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + Latin dens (genitive dentis) "tooth" (see tooth). Related: Indented; indenting. The printing sense is first attested 1670s. The noun is first recorded 1590s, from the verb. An earlier noun sense of "a written agreement" (late 15c.) is described in Middle English Dictionary as "scribal abbrev. of endenture."

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