bend

I UK [bend] / US verb
Word forms "bend":
present tense I/you/we/they bend he/she/it bends present participle bending past tense bent UK [bent] / US past participle bent
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1)
a) [intransitive/transitive] to lean forwards and downwards, or to move the top part of your body forwards and downwards

He bent and kissed her quickly.

bend forwards:

She bent forwards and whispered in my ear.

bend down:

Helen bent down to pick up her pen.

bend over:

Bend over and touch your toes.

be bent double (= be completely bent over):

Tom was bent double, holding his stomach in pain.

b) [intransitive/transitive] if you bend your head or if it bends, you move it forwards and downwards without moving your body downwards

The three of them sat there with their heads bent over their books.

2) [intransitive] to become curved or folded and not straight

tools that will not bend or break under stress

bend under something:

The slim branches were bending under the weight of their fruit.

a) [intransitive] to move with a curving or folding movement
bend in/out/forwards etc:

The corners of the card bend inwards to form tabs.

b) [intransitive] if a road, river etc bends, it changes direction in the shape of a curve

The path bends sharply just before you enter the wood.

c) [intransitive] if light bends, it changes direction
d) [transitive] if you bend an object, you change it so that it becomes curved or folded and not straight

This type of pipe can be easily bent by hand.

bend something over/round something etc:

Bend the wires round the battery.

bend something into something:

We bent the strips of clay into strange shapes.

e) [intransitive/transitive] if you bend your arm, leg etc, or if it bends, you move it into a position that is not straight

His arm was so stiff he couldn't bend it at all.

bend your mind/thoughts to something — to start to concentrate on something

bend over backwards (to do something)informal to do everything you can to help

I bent over backwards to make it easier for her and she didn't even notice.

bend the rules (for someone) — to do something or allow someone to do something that is not usually allowed, especially in order to make things easier on one occasion

They shouldn't bend the rules for him just because he's the director's son.

on bended knee(s)formal if you ask for something on bended knee, you ask for it very seriously because you want it very much

He came to me on bended knee asking for forgiveness.


II UK [bend] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "bend":
singular bend plural bends
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1) a curve in a road, river etc

As she approached the bend, a dog sprang into the road.

bend in:

We came to a sharp bend in the road.

a sharp/tight bend:

a sharp bend in the river

round/around a bend:

He sped around the bend, sounding his horn furiously.

to round a bend (= go round a bend):

Rounding the next bend, he saw the hotel ahead of him.

2) a movement in which you bend your body, especially as an exercise

Let's warm up with a few bends and stretches.

be/go round the bendBritish

spoken to become crazy


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