Meaning of “dent” in the English Dictionary

"dent" in British English

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dentnoun [ C ]

uk /dent/ us /dent/

dentverb [ T ]

uk /dent/ us /dent/

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 the job.

(Definition of “dent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dent" in American English

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dentnoun [ C ]

us /dent/

a small, hollow mark in the surface of something caused by pressure or being hit:

She ran into my car and put a dent in it.
dent
verb [ T ] us /dent/

I dented the table with my hammer.

(Definition of “dent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)