There are 2 main definitions of bent in English:

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bent 1

Pronunciation: /bent/
past and past participle of bend1.


1Sharply curved or having an angle: a piece of bent wire his bent shoulders
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  • Working with animal forms, she's used compressed mattress springs and bent wire to form quirky, ethereal beings.
  • Wires and bent iron rods that once reinforced the concrete dangle from the ceiling.
  • Peg the stem securely into the trench with bent wire. Bend up the shoot tip and tie to a cane fixed firmly in the soil to keep the shoot upright.
twisted, crooked, warped, contorted, deformed, misshapen, out of shape, irregular;
bowed, arched, curved, angled, hooked, kinked
informal pretzeled
2British informal Dishonest; corrupt: a bent cop
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  • Most punters are aware that there are a few bent people in racing but if anything, that gives it a bit of interest, something to gossip about.
  • This is as bad as a bent cop forging evidence to put a real criminal away.
  • Then a cold glint appeared in his eye as a reminder of just what he's seen and potentially done in all his years as a bent cop.
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  • Your retailer will then have to sue the company, or whoever's fault this fiasco is, for passing them bent merchandise.
  • It is fair to say that not all sellers of these fake items are knowingly selling bent goods as genuine.
  • That is what happens when you buy bent goods off a crook for a knock down price.
3British informal, derogatory Homosexual.
4 (bent on) Determined to do or have something: a missionary bent on saving souls a mob bent on violence
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  • A group of angry young men and women bent on violence has disrupted a meeting of elected politicians.
  • All said and done, the police authorities seem to be bent on going ahead with their welcome experiment.
  • He attributed this move to individuals in society who are bent on seeing the demise of the party.
intent on, determined on, set on, insistent on, resolved on, hell-bent on;
committed to, single-minded about, obsessed with, fanatical about, fixated on


A natural talent or inclination: a man of religious bent she had no natural bent for literature
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  • He has a talent for being a down-and-out guy and he has a natural bent for comedy, as Russ reminded me on the way out of the theater.
  • For those of you with time on your hands and a similar bent for political theater, you can download the images for flagmaking here.
  • But behind her vulnerable persona was a woman who was a ‘practised liar’ with a bent for sexual fantasy.
talent, gift, flair, aptitude, facility, skill, capability, capacity;
predisposition, disposition, instinct, orientation, predilection, proclivity, propensity


bent out of shape

North American informal Angry or agitated: it was just a mistake, nothing to get bent out of shape about
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  • Secondly, there is nothing about my post that was bent out of shape, angry or vitriolic.
  • I find it funny that celebrities get so bent out of shape when the public complains about their use of fame and the media to spout their views.
  • I was just trying to be nice, he had no reason to get bent out of shape.

Words that rhyme with bent

absent, accent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, cement, cent, circumvent, consent, content, dent, event, extent, ferment, foment, forewent, forwent, frequent, gent, Ghent, Gwent, lament, leant, lent, meant, misrepresent, misspent, outwent, pent, percent, pigment, rent, scent, segment, sent, spent, stent, Stoke-on-Trent, Tashkent, tent, torment, Trent, underspent, underwent, vent, went
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bent 2

Pronunciation: /bent/


1 (also bent grass) A stiff grass that is used for lawns and is a component of pasture and hay grasses.
  • Agrostis and other genera, family Graminae: several species, including common bent (A. capillaris (or tenuis) )
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  • The grasses used may be native to the area or specially introduced species such as rye grass, fescue, or bent grasses, although sometimes cereals such as barley or oats are used.
  • He hasn't fed his bent grass lawn in 10 years, and he says it looks fine.
  • The creation of the road, however, has made an opening for other kinds of plants, including fescue, bent grasses, myriad leaf, a stinging nettle, western dock, and the colorful fireweed.
1.1The stiff flowering stalk of a grass.
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  • In my account of this species, I had stated that “its attempts at forming a nest are of the rudest kind, a few bents of grass or other dry materials loosely collected round the edges being deemed a sufficient preparation.”
  • The nest contained three fresh eggs; it was made of leaves and moss, lined with bents of grass, between two branches but partially resting on a third, in a bush at the outskirts of a forest on a steep bank and about eight feet from the ground.
  • He beheld Essie in her pretty gipsy hat and holland dress, with all her bird-like daintiness, kneeling on the moss far below him, threading the scarlet beads on bents of grass, with the little ones round her.
1.2 archaic Any stiff-stemmed or rushlike grass or sedge.
2British archaic or dialect A heath or unenclosed pasture.


Middle English: representing Old English beonet (recorded in place names); related to German Binse.

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