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dent

Pronunciation: /dent/

Translation of dent in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (depression — in metal) abolladura (feminine), abollón (masculine); (— in wood) marca (feminine) to make a dent in sth hacerle* una abolladura a algo, abollar algo [in wood] hacer* una marca en algo
    Example sentences
    • The guard was hit so hard that the blow left a dent on his safety helmet.
    • For a second I thought the bullet had gone right through, as I felt a pain in the front and back of my head, but I soon realised the bullet had done little damage other than make a slight dent in my skull.
    • Inside the bridge of the Goldoba, Ramirez clenched the rails around the helmsman's chair so hard he left dents in the metal.
    1.2 (reduction) [colloquial/familiar] it's made a big dent in our savings se ha llevado or se ha comido una buena parte de nuestros ahorros [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Also looking wistfully at the three library books I must return tomorrow; I've had them for six weeks, but have scarce made a dent in them, such is my perdition.
    • A signature-revocation effort by opponents made a dent in the final tally but was not enough to keep the initiative off the ballot.
    • But the wage demands of players in recent years have been such that these vast sums have barely made a dent in the economic problems of English football.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [metal] abollar; [wood] hacer* una marca en he hit the safe with a hammer but hardly dented it golpeó la caja fuerte con un martillo pero como si nada 1.2 [popularity] afectar; [pride] hacer* mella en to dent sb's confidence hacerle* perder confianza a algn

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [metal] abollarse

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