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

Definition 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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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)

indent1

verb (ɪnˈdɛnt) (mainly tr)

noun (ˈɪnˌdɛnt)

indenter or indentor, noun
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
C15: from in- ² + dent 1
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