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Definition of dent verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dent
    he / she / it dents
    past simple dented
    -ing form denting
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  1. 1dent something to make a hollow place in a hard surface, usually by hitting it The back of the car was badly dented in the accident.
  2. 2dent something to damage someone's confidence, reputation, etc. It seemed that nothing could dent his confidence.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dent