- 1(Of emotions, energy, etc.) unable to be expressed or released: pent-up frustrationsMore example sentences
- Our teacher then taught us several breathing techniques which were promised to result in a calm expulsion of toxins, the release of pent-up emotions and a sizzling spurt of energy.
- Try to release your pent-up emotions by participating in some extra physical activities like running, swimming, whatever.
- At the time it didn't sound like a clever psychological ploy, but rather a release of pent-up emotions.
- 2Closely confined or held back: a surge of pent-up waterMore example sentences
- The pent-up waters, controlled by a sluice gate, were directed past the mill wheel, driving the wooden gears, shafts and millstones.
- A captured fish or a pent-up mass of water was, by contrast, a private good, something that belonged to someone.
- It forms a significant bulwark against the tide so that, even on neaps, there is an appreciable movement of water as the pent-up flow sweeps around the headland.
late 16th century: pent, obsolete past participle of pen2 (verb).