indent

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."

Primary Meanings of indent

1.
vn
set in from the margin
the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
2.
v
cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication
3.
v
make a depression into
4.
v
bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
5.
n
an order for goods to be exported or imported
Full Definitions of indent
1

v set in from the margin

Indent the paragraphs of a letter”
Type of:
arrange, format
set (printed matter) into a specific format

n the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line

Synonyms:
indentation, indention, indenture
Type of:
blank space, place, space
a blank area
2

v cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication

indent the documents”
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v notch the edge of or make jagged

Types:
recess
make a recess in
Type of:
notch
cut or make a notch into
3

v make a depression into

Synonyms:
dent
Type of:
bend, deform, flex, turn, twist
cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
4

v bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant

Synonyms:
indenture
Type of:
bind, hold, obligate, oblige
bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
5

n an order for goods to be exported or imported

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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