Meaning of DENT in English


I. dent 1 /dent/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Origin: dint ]

1 . a hollow area in the surface of something, usually made by something hitting it

dent in

There was a large dent in the passenger door.

2 . a reduction in the amount of something

dent in

The trip made a big dent in our savings.

Eight years of effort have hardly put a dent in drug trafficking.

II. dent 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [intransitive and transitive] if you dent something, or if it dents, you hit or press it so that its surface is bent inwards:

No one was injured, but the car was scratched and dented.

2 . [transitive] to damage or harm something:

The scandal has dented his reputation.

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