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Definition of "pent-up" []

  • Not given expression; repressed: pent-up emotions. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pent-up" in a sentence
  • "Orders taken by dealers over the summer and what Mendel called "pent-up demand" should give the troubled automaker a sizeable boost throughout the fourth quarter, he said."
  • "It was as if we took the intellectual heritage of Franklin Roosevelt, the moral inspiration of John Kennedy, and a decade of pent-up demand for social change and converted them into a social reality."
  • "Simon Patten, one of the most influential economists of the early twentieth century, argued for an increase in the material wealth of ordinary Americans, but only so that they would not seek solace from their poverty by succumbing to “debasing appeals to pent-up passions.”"