- 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 collision.
- 2dent something to damage somebody’s confidence, reputation, etc. It seemed that nothing could dent his confidence. Word Origin Middle English (designating a blow with a weapon): variant of dint.Extra examples Being turned down for the job dented his pride quite badly. Cheap goods from overseas could severely dent the company’s sales. The appearance of these cheap goods from abroad has severely dented the company’s sales. The car was quite badly dented on one side. The experience failed to dent her confidence.
BrE BrE//dent//; NAmE NAmE//dent//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dent
BrE BrE//dent//; NAmE NAmE//dent//he / she / it dents
BrE BrE//dents//; NAmE NAmE//dents//past simple dented
BrE BrE//ˈdentɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdentɪd//past participle dented
BrE BrE//ˈdentɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdentɪd//-ing form denting
BrE BrE//ˈdentɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdentɪŋ//