Bent meaning

bĕnt
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The definition of bent is someone who is determined to take a specific course of action.

An example of bent on something is someone who is determined to go to a specific college.

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Altered from an originally straight or even condition.

Picked up pieces of bent wire.

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Determined to take a course of action.

I was bent on going to the concert.

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Set in a course; bound.

Westward bent.

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A tendency, disposition, or inclination.
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Corrupt; venal.
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A transverse structural member or framework that is used for strengthening a bridge or trestle.
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Bentgrass.
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The stiff stalk of various grasses.
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An area of grassland unbounded by hedges or fences.
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Made curved or crooked; not straight.
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Strongly inclined or determined.

Bent on going.

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An inclination; tendency.
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A natural leaning or tendency; propensity.

A bent for music, a criminal bent.

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A framework transverse to the length of a structure, for supporting lateral as well as vertical loads.
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Any of a genus (Agrostis) of dense, low-growing perennial grasses that spread by putting out runners and are often used for lawns and golf greens.
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The stiff flower stalk of certain grasses.
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A heath; moor.
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Simple past tense and past participle of bend.
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(Of something that is usually straight) Folded, dented.
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(derogatory, colloquial, chiefly UK) Homosexual.
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He was bent on going to Texas, but not even he could say why.

They were bent on mischief.

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Of a person, leading a life of crime.
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(slang, soccer) Inaccurate at shooting.

That shot was so bent it left the pitch.

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(colloquial, chiefly US) Suffering from the bends.
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(slang) High from using both marijuana and alcohol.

Man, I am so bent right now!

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He had a natural bent for painting.

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A predisposition to act or react in a particular way.

His mind was of a technical bent.

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The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity.

The bent of a bow.

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A declivity or slope, as of a hill.

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Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
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(carpentry) A transverse frame of a framed structure.
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Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.
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Any of various stiff or reedy grasses.
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A grassy area, grassland.
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Bent is defined as something that is not straight.

An example of bent is a candy cane.

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bent out of shape
  • Very angry, upset, or agitated.
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to (or at) the top of one's bent
  • To (or at) the limit of one's capacity or ability.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

bent out of shape
to (<i>or</i> at) the top of one's bent

Origin of bent

  • Middle English from Old English beonet (attested only in place names) akin to German Binse rush

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin uncertain. Apparently representing Old English beonet- (attested only in place-names and personal names), cognate with Old High German binuz (modern German Binse (“rush, reed”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • From bend.

    From Wiktionary