bend1 W3S3 [bend] v past tense and past participle bent [bent]
[: Old English; Origin: bendan]
1.) [I and T]
to move part of your body so that it is not straight or so that you are not upright
Lee bent and kissed her.
She bent her head.
Bend your knees, but keep your back straight.
bend over
Emma bent over to pick up the coins.
bend down
I bent down to lift the box off the floor.
bend towards/across etc
He bent towards me and whispered in my ear.
2.) [T]
to push or press something so that it is no longer flat or straight
You need a special tool to bend the steel.
to become curved and no longer flat or straight
Several branches started bending towards the ground.
4.) [I]
when a road bends, it changes direction to form a curve
The road bends sharply to the left.
5.) bend the truth
to say something that is not completely true
6.) bend over backwards (to do sth)
to try very hard to be helpful
We bent over backwards to get it finished on time.
7.) bend sb's ear
[i]spoken to talk to someone, especially for a long time about something that is worrying you
8.) on bended knee
a) trying very hard to persuade someone to do something
He begged on bended knee for another chance.
b) in a kneeling position
He went down on bended knee and asked her to marry him.
9.) bend your mind/efforts to sth
formal to give all your energy or attention to one activity, plan etc
10.) bend to sb's will
formal to do what someone else wants, especially when you do not want to
bend the rules atrule1 (1)
bend 2
bend2 n
1.) a curved part of something, especially a road or river
The car came round the bend at a terrifying speed.
bend in
a sharp bend in the road
2.) an action in which you bend a part of your body
We started the session with a few knee bends to warm up.
3.) drive sb round the bend
BrE spoken to annoy someone
His attitude drives me round the bend.
4.) be/go round the bend
BrE spoken to be or become crazy
I sometimes feel I'm going round the bend looking after young children all day.
5.) the bends
a painful and serious condition that ↑divers get if they come up from deep water too quickly

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