What does pent mean?

Definitions for pent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pent, shut up(p)adjective

    closely confined


  1. pentverb


  2. pentadjective

    Confined in a pen, imprisoned.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pentpart. pass. of pen.

    Shut up.

    Cut my lace asunder,
    That my pent heart may have some scope to beat. William Shakespeare.

    The son of Clarence have I pent up close. William Shakespeare.

    Pent to linger
    But with a grain a day, I would not buy
    Their mercy. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Their armour help’d their harm, crush’d in, and bruis’d
    Into their substance pent. John Milton.

    The soul pure fire, like ours, of equal force;
    But pent in flesh, must issue by discourse. Dryden.

    Pent up in Utica he vainly forms
    A poor epitome of Roman greatness. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. pent

    1) A word prefix derived from Greek, meaning five. 2) Short for pentagon or pentagram, which are five-sided shapes. 3) In a more colloquial sense, it can also mean contained or held back, often used in the phrase "pent-up," referring to emotions or energy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pent

    of Pen

  2. Pentverb

    penned or shut up; confined; -- often with up

  3. Etymology: [From Pen, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pent

    pa.t. and pa.p. of pen, to shut up.

Suggested Resources

  1. PENT

    What does PENT stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the PENT acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PENT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pent is ranked #68122 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pent surname appeared 289 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pent.

    86.5% or 250 total occurrences were White.
    7.2% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.5% or 13 total occurrences were Black.

How to pronounce pent?

How to say pent in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of pent in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Crabill:

    There's a lot of pent up demand.

  2. Hannah Jones:

    Pent-up housing demand continues to be sensitive to mortgage rate changes as potential buyers take advantage of any improvement in affordability.

  3. Nicole Peng:

    There was a fair amount of expecting 5G to arrive [ on the iPhone ] last year, but it didn't, so there is pent-up demand there.

  4. Ted Rossman:

    Consumer spending certainly isn’t falling off a cliff, but we are seeing ample evidence that Americans are becoming more reluctant to make certain purchases, especially larger expenses and acquiring physical goods, services spending has been more robust, perhaps still owing to pent-up demand that stacked up during the pandemic for things like traveling and dining out.

  5. Kasim Reed:

    I think that people have really been waiting for this aspect of the campaign to begin, there is an enormous amount of pent up energy to get on with the campaign and go on out and make the case to folks why she should be the 45th president.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for pent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for pent »


Find a translation for the pent definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"pent." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 27 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/pent>.

Discuss these pent definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for pent? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a word that is more generic than a given word
    A secession
    B hypernym
    C contempt
    D hodgepodge

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for pent: