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bend

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verb \ˈbend\

Definition of bend

bent

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bending

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

  3. 2a :  to turn or force from straight or even to curved or angular bend a pipeb :  to force from a proper shape Her bicycle's back wheel got bent in the crash.c :  to force back to an original straight or even condition bend the wire flat

  4. 3 :  fasten bend a sail to its yard

  5. 4a :  to cause to turn from a straight course :  deflect bend a ray of light with a mirrorb :  to guide or turn toward :  direct bends his rapid steps in the direction of the headquarters … — O. Henryc :  incline, dispose bending their minds to the Buddhist concept of eternity — Christopher Randd :  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 refusing to be bent

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to curve out of a straight line or position The road bends to the left. tree limbs bending under the weight of the snow bent down to pick up a piece of paper bending double with pain; specifically :  to incline the body in token of submission bend to the queen

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

  11. 3 :  incline, tend She bends to the Left politically.

  12. 4 :  compromise 2 refusing to bend under pressure to change bending to the will of wealthy supporters

bendable

play \ˈben-də-bəl\ adjective

bend one's ear

  1. :  to talk to someone at length

bend over backward

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bend over backwards

  1. :  to make extreme efforts had to bend over backward to get these tickets

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 and Etymology of bend

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


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bend

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Definition of bend

  1. 1 :  the act or process of bending doing knee bends :  the state of being bent the graceful bends of Gothic windows

  2. 2 :  something that is bent: such asa :  a curved part of a path (as of a stream or road) Their house is down the road, just past the bend.b nautical :  1wale 2 —usually used in plural

  3. 3 bends plural in form but singular or plural in construction :  decompression sickness; also :  intense joint pain occurring as a common manifestation of decompression sickness —usually used with the a case of the bends

around the bend

  1. :  mad, crazy appears to have gone around the bend

Origin and Etymology of bend

see 1bend


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bend

noun

Definition of bend

  1. 1 heraldry :  a diagonal band that runs from the dexter chief (see 3chief 1) to the sinister base (see 1base 4) 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 and Etymology of bend

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


Bend

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geographical name \ˈbend\

Definition of Bend

  1. city on the Deschutes River in central Oregon population 76,639


BEND Defined for English Language Learners

bend

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verb

Definition of bend for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BEND Defined for Kids

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bend

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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


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bend

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noun

Definition of bend for Students

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



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