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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: dint

dent

1 noun
     
dent1 [countable]
1 a hollow area in the surface of something, usually made by something hitting it
dent in
There was a large dent in the passenger door.
2 a reduction in the amount of something
dent in
The trip made a big dent in our savings.
Eight years of effort have hardly put a dent in drug trafficking.

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