bent

If you have a knack or aptitude for doing something, you can say you have a bent for it. Perhaps you have a bent for woodworking, creating fabulous desserts, or writing poetry, you are good at it.

The noun bent can also refer to a strong inclination to react to something in a specific manner. If you have a strong scientific bent, you won't be inclined to believe reports of alien spaceship landings and Loch Ness Monster sightings. As an adjective, bent describes someone very determined, and in this case, the word is usually followed by "on." You may be bent on the kids going to bed early, but they may have other ideas: party in the living room!

Primary Meanings of bent

1.
adj
used of the back and knees; stooped
2.
adj
fixed in your purpose
3.
n
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
4.
n
grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
Full Definitions of bent
1

adj used of the back and knees; stooped

Synonyms:
bended
unerect
not upright in position or posture

adj of metal e.g.

bent nails”
Synonyms:
crumpled, dented
damaged
harmed or injured or spoiled
2

adj fixed in your purpose

bent on going to the theater”
Synonyms:
bent on, dead set, out to
resolute
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
3

n a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way

Synonyms:
set
Type of:
disposition, inclination, tendency
an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

n a special way of doing something

“he had a bent for it”
Synonyms:
hang, knack
Type of:
endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
natural abilities or qualities
4

n grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens

Synonyms:
bent grass, bent-grass
Types:
Agrostis canina, Rhode Island bent, brown bent, dog bent, velvet bent, velvet bent grass
common grass with slender stems and narrow leaves
Agrostis nebulosa, cloud grass
Spanish grass with light feathery panicles grown for dried bouquets
Agrostis palustris, creeping bent, creeping bentgrass
common pasture or lawn grass spread by long runners
Type of:
grass
narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay

n an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges

Type of:
grassland
land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life

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