Definition of dent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dent//
; NAmE NAmE//dent//
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  • a hollow place in a hard surface, usually caused by something hitting it a large dent in the car door The impact of the stones made little dents in the metal.
  • Word OriginMiddle English (designating a blow with a weapon): variant of dint.Idioms
    make, etc. a dent in something
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    to reduce the amount of something, especially money The lawyer's fees will make a dent in our finances. The latest health scare has made a significant dent in the sales of beef.
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