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indent

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[ verb in-dent; noun in-dent, in-dent ]
/ verb ɪnˈdɛnt; noun ˈɪn dɛnt, ɪnˈdɛnt /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun
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Origin of indent

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; back formation from indented “having toothlike notches,” past participle of endenten, indenten “to notch, dent, indent,” from Middle French verb endenter and Medieval Latin indentātus, past participle of indentāre “to notch,” equivalent to Latin in- “in” + dent- stem of dens “tooth” + -āre infinitive ending;see origin at in-2, dentate, -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM indent

in·dent·er, in·den·tor, noun

Other definitions for indent (2 of 2)

indent2
[ 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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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English; see origin at in-2, dent1
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British Dictionary definitions for indent (1 of 2)

indent1

verb (ɪnˈdɛnt) (mainly tr)
noun (ˈɪnˌdɛnt)

Derived forms of indent

indenter 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)

indent2

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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