bents; bently

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!

Definitions of bent
  1. adjective
    used of the back and knees; stooped
    synonyms: bended
    not upright in position or posture
  2. adjective
    crumpled or dented (of metal, for example)
    bent nails”
    synonyms: crumpled, dented
    harmed or injured or spoiled
  3. adjective
    fixed in your purpose
    bent on going to the theater”
    synonyms: bent on, dead set, out to
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
  4. noun
    a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
    synonyms: set
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    disposition, inclination, tendency
    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
  5. noun
    a special way of doing something
    “he had a bent for it”
    synonyms: hang, knack
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    endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
    natural abilities or qualities
  6. noun
    grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
    synonyms: bent grass, bent-grass
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    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:
    narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
  7. noun
    an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
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    land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
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