[ verb in-dent; noun in-dent, in-dent ]
/ verb ɪnˈdɛnt; noun ˈɪn dɛnt, ɪnˈdɛnt /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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Origin of indent1
OTHER WORDS FROM indentin·dent·er, in·den·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for indentor (1 of 2)
verb (ɪnˈdɛnt) (mainly tr)
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
Derived forms of indentindenter or indentor, noun
Word Origin for indent
C14: from Old French endenter, from en- 1 + dent tooth, from Latin dēns
British Dictionary definitions for indentor (2 of 2)
(tr) to make a dent or depression in
a dent or depression
Word Origin for indent
C15: from in- ² + dent 1
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