Meaning of DENT in English

DENT

I.

noun

ADJECTIVE

▪ big , great ( esp. BrE ), huge , large

▪ real , serious , severe ( esp. BrE ), significant ( all figurative )

The latest health scare has made a significant ~ in the sales of beef.

▪ little , slight , small , tiny

VERB + DENT

▪ leave , make , put

The impact of the stones made little ~s in the metal.

▪ have

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ in

My side of the car had a large ~ in it.

II.

verb

1 make a dent in sth

ADVERB

▪ badly

The car was quite badly ~ed on one side.

▪ slightly

2 damage sth

ADVERB

▪ badly , seriously , severely

Being turned down for the job ~ed his pride quite badly.

Cheap goods from overseas could severely ~ the company's sales.

▪ slightly

▪ barely

VERB + DENT

▪ fail to ( esp. BrE )

The experience failed to ~ her confidence.

Dent is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ bonnet , ↑ confidence , ↑ ego , ↑ enthusiasm , ↑ fender , ↑ wing

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