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verb, \ˈbend\

Simple Definition of bend

  • : to use force to cause (something, such as a wire or pipe) to become curved

  • : to curve out of a straight line or position

  • : to move your body so that it is not straight

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bend

bent play \ˈbent\ bending

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to constrain or strain to tension by curving <bend a bow>

  3. 2 a :  to turn or force from straight or even to curved or angular b :  to force from a proper shape c :  to force back to an original straight or even condition

  4. 3 :  fasten <bend a sail to its yard>

  5. 4 a :  to cause to turn from a straight course :  deflect b :  to guide or turn toward :  direct c :  incline, dispose d :  to adapt to one's purpose :  distort <bend the rules>

  6. 5 :  to direct strenuously or with interest :  apply <bent himself to the task>

  7. 6 :  to make submissive :  subdue

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to curve out of a straight line or position; specifically :  to incline the body in token of submission

  10. 2 :  to apply oneself vigorously <bending to their work>

  11. 3 :  incline, tend

  12. 4 :  compromise 2

bendable play \ˈben-də-bəl\ adjective
bend one's ear
  1. :  to talk to someone at length

bend over backward or bend over backwards
  1. :  to make extreme efforts

Examples of bend in a sentence

  1. bend a wire into a circle

  2. bend the cable around a wheel

  3. He bent the bow and shot an arrow from it.

  4. His glasses got bent when he dropped them.

  5. The trees were bending in the wind.

  6. The branch will bend before it breaks.

  7. She bent down to pick up a piece of paper and then she straightened up again.

  8. He bent back to look up at the ceiling.

  9. bend to the left and then bend to the right

Origin of bend

Middle English, from Old English bendan; akin to Old English bend fetter — more at band

First Known Use: before 12th century




Definition of bend

  1. 1 :  the act or process of bending :  the state of being bent

  2. 2 :  something that is bent: as a :  a curved part of a path (as of a stream or road) b :  1wale 2 —usually used in plural

  3. 3 plural but sing or plural in constr :  the painful manifestations (as joint pain) of decompression sickness; also :  decompression sickness —usually used with the

around the bend
  1. :  mad, crazy

15th Century

First Known Use of bend

15th century




Definition of bend

  1. 1 :  a diagonal band that runs from the dexter chief to the sinister base on a heraldic shield — compare bend sinister

  2. 2 [Middle English, band, from Old English bend fetter — more at band] :  a knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to some object

Origin of bend

Middle English, from Middle French bende, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German binta, bant band — more at band

First Known Use: 15th century


geographical name \ˈbend\

Definition of Bend

  1. city cen Oregon on the Deschutes pop 76,639

BEND Defined for Kids



verb \ˈbend\

Definition of bend for Students

bent \ˈbent\bending

  1. 1 :  to make, be, or become curved or angular rather than straight or flat <Bend the wire into a circle.>

  2. 2 :  to move out of a straight line or position <The road bends to the left.> <Bend over and pick it up.>

  3. 3 :  to not follow or tell exactly <bend the rules> <bend the truth>




Definition of bend for Students

  1. :  something that is bent :  a curved part of something <a bend in the river>

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