bent Definition

  • 1not straight; curved, crooked
  • 2strongly inclined or determined to do something
  • 3a natural talent or inclination

Using bent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The tree was bent by the strong wind.

  • Example

    He has a bent for music and can play multiple instruments.

  • Example

    She is bent on becoming a doctor despite the challenges.

  • Example

    His bent towards politics started at a young age.

bent Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with bent

  • upset, angry, or annoyed about something


    He got bent out of shape when he found out he didn't get the job.

  • determined to do something, often with a sense of stubbornness


    She's bent on finishing the project by herself, even though it's too much work.

  • bent double

    doubled over, usually due to pain or laughter


    He was bent double with laughter after hearing the joke.

Origins of bent

from Old English 'bēogen', meaning 'to bend'


Summary: bent in Brief

The term 'bent' [bɛnt] refers to something that is not straight or is curved, as in 'The tree was bent by the strong wind.' It can also mean having a natural talent or inclination, as in 'He has a bent for music.' 'Bent' can be used in phrases like 'bent out of shape,' meaning upset or annoyed, and 'bent on doing something,' meaning determined.

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