to form deep recesses in: The sea indents the coast.
to set in or back from the margin, as the first line of a paragraph.
to sever (a document drawn up in duplicate) along an irregular line as a means of identification.
to cut or tear the edge of (copies of a document) in an irregular way.
to make toothlike notches in; notch.
to indenture, as an apprentice.
British. to draw an order upon.
Chiefly British. to order, as commodities.
to form a recess.
Chiefly British. to make out an order or requisition in duplicate.
to draw upon a person or thing for something.
to enter into an agreement by indenture; make a compact.
- in·dent·er, in·den·tor, noun
Other definitions for indent (2 of 2)
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How to use indent in a sentence
Basically, it’s a thumbprint cookie with the indent filled with poppy seeds.Sticky, gooey, crunchy, chewy — 11 gluten-free cookie recipes to delight in this holiday season | Becky Krystal | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
The firths of Forth and Clyde indent the country very deeply on the east and west, almost dividing it into two parts.Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
It encloses many large islands, and contains large bays and gulfs which deeply indent the northern shores of the three continents.
Drop down a few more lines before you begin with the text, and indent about an inch for the beginning of each paragraph.If You Don't Write Fiction | Charles Phelps Cushing
All stage directions have been uniformly formatted to a left uniform indent instead of a right page margin.Yolanda of Cyprus | Cale Young Rice
Many a youth would think it hard to indent himself a slave for fourteen years.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution | L. Carroll Judson
British Dictionary definitions for indent (1 of 2)
to place (written or printed matter, etc) in from the margin, as at the beginning of a paragraph
to cut or tear (a document, esp a contract or deed in duplicate) so that the irregular lines may be matched to confirm its authenticity
mainly British (in foreign trade) to place an order for (foreign goods), usually through an agent
(when intr, foll by for, on, or upon) mainly British to make an order on (a source or supply) or for (something)
to notch (an edge, border, etc); make jagged
to bind (an apprentice, etc) by indenture
mainly British (in foreign trade) an order for foreign merchandise, esp one placed with an agent
mainly British an official order for goods
- indenter or indentor, noun
British Dictionary definitions for indent (2 of 2)
(tr) to make a dent or depression in
a dent or depression
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