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bend

verb

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1 to cause to turn away from a straight line
  • she bent the blade of the knife when she got it jammed in the drawer

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2 to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention
  • bent herself to the task for the rest of the day

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3 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • bent all of his efforts toward making his first documentary film

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4 to turn away from a straight line or course
  • the stream bends slightly to the east

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5 to change so much as to create a wrong impression or alter the meaning of
  • attorneys bending the facts to put their client in the most favorable light

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6 to cause (something) to hold to another
  • bend a leash to the dog's collar

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bend

noun

Synonyms of bend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 something that curves or is curved
  • it's hard to see around that bend in the road, so be careful

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2 the act of positioning or an instance of being positioned at an angle
  • did knee bends for exercise

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The first known use of bend was before the 12th century

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“Bend.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bend. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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