To indent is to begin text with a blank space between it and the margin. When you're writing an essay, you can indent the first sentence of each paragraph.

There are different styles of arranging type on a page, but it's fairly common to indent the beginning of a paragraph or section, which you can do with the tab key on a keyboard. Another way to indent is to cause a hollow, depression, or notch — in other words, to dent. This meaning is closest to the original, "to notch or give a serrated edge to," from Medieval Latin, indentare, "furnish with teeth."

Definitions of indent
  1. verb
    set in from the margin
    Indent the paragraphs of a letter”
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    type of:
    arrange, format
    set (printed matter) into a specific format
  2. noun
    the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
    synonyms: indentation, indention, indenture
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    type of:
    blank space, place, space
    a blank area
  3. verb
    cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication
    indent the documents”
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    type of:
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  4. verb
    notch the edge of or make jagged
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    make a recess in
    type of:
    cut or make a notch into
  5. verb
    make a depression into
    synonyms: dent
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    type of:
    bend, deform, flex, turn, twist
    cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
  6. verb
    bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
    synonyms: indenture
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    type of:
    bind, hold, obligate, oblige
    bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
  7. noun
    an order for goods to be exported or imported
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    type of:
    order, purchase order
    a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities
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