Indent Definition

ĭn-dĕnt
indented, indenting, indents
verb
indented, indenting, indents
To cut toothlike points into (an edge or border); notch; also, to join by mating notches.
Webster's New World
To draw up an order or requisition in duplicate or triplicate.
Webster's New World
To sever (a written contract, etc.) along an irregular line, so that the parts may be identified.
Webster's New World
To make jagged or zigzag in outline.
Webster's New World
To place (the first line of a paragraph, an entire paragraph, a column of figures, etc.) some number of spaces away from the regular margin.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
flush
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noun
indents
The act of indenting or the condition of being indented.
American Heritage
A notch or cut in an edge.
Webster's New World
An indenture, or written contract.
Webster's New World
An indented line, paragraph, etc.
Webster's New World
A starting point some number of spaces away from the margin; indentation.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Indent

Noun

Singular:
indent
Plural:
indents

Origin of Indent

  • Middle English endenten to notch from Anglo-Norman Old French endenter both from Medieval Latin indentāre Latin in- in in–2 Latin dēns dent- tooth dent- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French endenter, from Latin indentare

    From Wiktionary

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