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dent

noun [C] uk   /dent/ us  
a small hollow mark in the surface of something, caused by pressure or by being hit: a dent in the door of a car

dent

verb [T] uk   /dent/ us  
to make a small hollow mark in the surface of something: I dropped a hammer on the floor, and it dented the floorboard. If you dent someone's confidence or pride, you make them feel less confident or proud: His confidence was badly dented when he didn't get into the team.
(Definition of dent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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