bent Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “bent” in the English Dictionary

"bent" in British English

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uk   us   /bent/
past simple and past participle ofbend


uk   us   /bent/

bent adjective (NOT STRAIGHT)

curved and not ​straight or ​flat: The ​metalbars were bent and ​twisted.

bent adjective (DISHONEST)

mainly UK slang (​especially of a ​person in a ​position of ​authority) ​dishonest: a bent ​copper

bent adjective (GAY)

UK old-fashioned offensive (​especially of men) ​gay

bentnoun [S]

uk   us   /bent/
a ​naturalskill: She has ascientific bent/a bent forscience.
(Definition of bent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bent" in American English

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 us   /bent/

bent (BEND)

past simple and past participle of bend

bentnoun [U]

 us   /bent/ fml

bent noun [U] (TENDENCY)

a ​naturaltendency: the ​philosophical bent of his ​mind
(Definition of bent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bent" in Business English

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uk   us   /bent/ UK informal
dishonest: a bent ​lawyer/​accountant/policeman
(Definition of bent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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