[ pent ]
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  1. a simple past tense and past participle of pen2.

  1. shut in; confined.

Origin of pent

First recorded in 1535–45; late Middle English pente, pent, past participle of obsolete pend, variant of pennen “to enclose, confine”; cf. pen2

Other definitions for pent (2 of 3)

[ pent ]

Origin of pent

By shortening

Other definitions for Pent. (3 of 3)


  1. Pentecost. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pent in a sentence

  • Perhaps the words let loose the emotion, though of different kinds, pent up behind their silence.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • It was when one of the table-legs overturned the swill-pail that the long pent-up storm burst in a torrent of invective.

  • Instead, therefore, of receiving her former lover with dangerous pent-up fires, Lilian now feels pity for him.

  • At last his pent-up affections gave way, and he sought his chamber and wept there in secret.

  • Another moment and he was in her arms, silent, speechless, with long arrears of pent-up emotion.

    Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar

British Dictionary definitions for pent


/ (pɛnt) /

  1. a past tense and past participle of pen 2

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