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bent (adj) (usually used as part of the phrase, 'to be bent on') determined; (noun) natural skill or ability.
To be bent on something is to be determined to do something. When he is bent on seeing his opponent's end, he is determined to see his opponent dead. Alexander was determined to conquer the world, so he was bent on conquering the world. Most US millionaires were bent on advancing in the business world, and so they did, ending up as millionaires. He was bent on reaching the top of filmdom, but luck stood in his way. That is, though he wanted to be on the top of the film world, he was not lucky enough. The word 'bent' also means an inborn skill or aptitude for something. A person has a bent for music if they have a talent and aptitude for music, if music comes easily to them, and if they can make a mark in it with less effort than others without the bent would require.
- The US was bent on removing Saddam Hussein as the president of Iraq. Though the US did succeed in it, it had to pay a heavy price for it, in the form of men and material lost.
- That he would reach the top of Hollywood was a foregone conclusion. His bent for acting and histrionics was evident even at school where he had won a number of awards as an actor of real talent.