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indent (format)

Definition:

to set in from the margin

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Related to:

indentation

Past tense:

indented

Present participle:

indenting

3rd-person singular present:

indents

Type of:

format » change

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

indent the paragraphs of a letter

Etymology:

Old French endenter "to notch or dent, give a serrated edge to", from Late Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of indent...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

indent | indenture [sense-specific] | indentation [sense-specific] | indenter [derived] | indentor [noun, derived]

to place (written or printed matter, etc) in from the margin, as at the beginning of a paragraph | to cut or tear (a document, especially a contract ... (27 of 601 words, 13 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/indent

Wiktionary:

indent | indents [plural] | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle] | unindent [antonym, sense-specific] | outdent [antonym, sense-specific]

A cut or notch in the margin of anything, or a recess like a notch. | A stamp; an impression. | A certificate, or intended certificate, issued by the government of the United States at the close of the Revolution, for the principal or interest of the ... (45 of 263 words, 12 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/indent

American Heritage Dictionary:

indent | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle] | indents [3rd-person singular present]

To set (the first line of a paragraph, for example) in from the margin. | To cut or tear (a document with two or more copies) along an irregular line ... (29 of 228 words, 16 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/indent

Random House Dictionary:

indent | an indention [sense-specific] | an indenture [sense-specific]

to form deep recesses in. | to set in or back from the margin, as the first line of a paragraph. | to sever (a document drawn up in duplicate) along ... (29 of 227 words, 19 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/indent

New World Dictionary:

indent

to cut toothlike points into (an edge or border); notch; also, to join by mating notches ; to make jagged or zigzag in outline | to sever (a written ... (28 of 227 words, 16 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/indent

Oxford Dictionary:

indent [entry 1] | indentor [derived]

start (a line of text) or position (a block of text) further from the margin than the main part of the text | form deep recesses or notches in (a line ... (30 of 203 words, 9 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/indent

indent [entry 2]

make a dent or impression in (something) (7 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/indent--2

Wikipedia:

Indent [disambiguation]

several meanings: In computing, indent is a computer program that formats C programming language files with a particular indent style. See indent (Unix). | In television, an ident is a commercial for the own television station's programs. | An indent... (38 of 201 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Indent

Merriam-Webster:

indentation | dent [synonym, sense-specific] | indention [sense-specific, synonym] | notch [synonym, sense-specific] | cavity [synonym, sense-specific] | concavity [synonym, sense-specific] | depression [synonym, sense-specific] | dint [synonym, sense-specific] | hollow [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an angular cut in an edge; "notch" ; a recess in a surface | the action of indenting; the condition of being indented | "dent" | "indention" ... (24 of 169 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/indentation

indent [entry 1, verb] | indent on | indenture [synonym, sense-specific] | indenter [noun, related]

to divide (a document) so as to produce sections with irregular edges that ... | to notch the edge of; make jagged | "indenture" | to set (as a line ... (27 of 147 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/indent

indent [entry 2, noun] | indention [synonym, sense-specific] | indenture [synonym, sense-specific]

"indenture" [sense-specific] ; a certificate issued by the United States at ... | [British] an official requisition ; a purchase order for goods ... (22 of 66 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/indent show=1

indent [entry 3, verb] | indenter [noun, related]

to force inward so as to form a depression | to form a dent in (14 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/indent show=2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

indent | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle] | indents [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to start a line of writing or printing further from the edge of the page than the other lines | [transitive] to make a hole or mark in ... (28 of 71 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/indent

indent [countable, noun] | indents [plural]

a space at the side of a page that is made by indenting a line | a hole or mark in the surface of something | [business, British] an official order ... (29 of 54 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/indent 7

Cambridge Dictionary:

indent [entry 1]

to make a space in the edge or on the surface of something (13 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/indent 1

indent [entry 2, British, specialized]

to make an official request for goods (7 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/indent 2

indent [entry 3]

a space at the edge or on the surface of something (11 of 19 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/indent 3

indent [entry 4]

an official request for goods (5 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/indent 4

Encarta Dictionary:

indent [entry 1] | indents [plural] | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle]

to start a line or row of text some distance in from the margin | to form a deep recess in something (often passive) | to make jagged, notched, or ... (28 of 335 words, 9 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620816​/definition​.html  [offline]

indent [entry 2] | indents [plural] | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle]

to press something inward to form a dent | Same as dentn (sense 1) (13 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620817​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

indent

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French endenter "to notch or dent, give a serrated edge to", from Late Latin indentare "to crunch", from Latin in- "in" + ... (26 of 45 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

indent | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle] | indents [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English endenten, to notch, from Anglo-Norman and Old French endenter, both from Medieval Latin indentāre: Latin ... (17 of 32 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

indent

Origin: Middle English endenten from Old French endenter or Medieval Latin indentare, both from Latin in, in + dens, "tooth" | "in-" + "dent"

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Collins Dictionary:

indent

First use: 14th century | 15th century

Origin: from Old French endenter, from en-1 + dent tooth, from Latin dēns | from in-2 + dent1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/indent

Oxford Dictionary:

indent [entry 1]

Origin: late 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 ... (25 of 35 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/indent

Merriam-Webster:

indent [entry 1, verb]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French endenter, from en- + dent tooth, from Latin dent-, dens

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/indent

indent [entry 3, verb]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English endenten, from en- + denten to dent

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/indent show=2

Encarta Dictionary:

indent [entry 1] | indents [plural] | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Directly or via Anglo-Norman from medieval Latin indentare from Latin in- "in, into" + dent- "tooth"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620816​/definition​.html  [offline]

indent [entry 2] | indents [plural] | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: in-2 + dent

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620817​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

indent | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle] | indents [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "indent"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/indent

indent [countable, noun] | indents [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "indent"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

indent [transitive] | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle] | indents [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "indent"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/indent

indent [countable, noun] | indents [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "indent"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

indent [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "indent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "indent"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/indent 1

indent [entry 4]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "indent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "indent"

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the Free Dictionary:

indent

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "indent"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "indent"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "indent" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

indent | indents [plural] | indented [past tense] | indenting [present participle]

Audio 1: English pronunciation of "indent"

Audio 2: English pronunciation of "indent"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

indent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "indent"

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indent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "indent"

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YourDictionary Audio:

indent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "indent" by speech synthesizer

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