Definition of indent verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they indent
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdent//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdent//
he / she / it indents
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdents//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdents//
past simple indented
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdentɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdentɪd//
past participle indented
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdentɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdentɪd//
-ing form indenting
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdentɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdentɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈdent//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdent//
indent something to start a line of print or writing further away from the edge of the page than the other lines The first line of each paragraph should be indented.
Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘give a zigzag outline to, divide by a zigzag line’): from Anglo-Norman French endenter or medieval Latin indentare, from en-, in- ‘into’ + Latin dens, dent- ‘tooth’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: indent

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