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English definition of “dent”

dent

verb [T]     /dent/
to make a small hollow mark in the surface of something: I dropped a hammer on the floor, and it dented the floorboard.Making holes in things 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.Becoming and making less strong
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