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1bend/ˈbɛnd/verb
bendsbent/ˈbɛnt/bending
1bend
/ˈbɛnd/
verb
bendsbent/ˈbɛnt/bending
Learner's definition of BEND  
[+ object] : to use force to cause (something, such as a wire or pipe) to become curved
   b [no object] : to curve out of a straight line or position— sometimes used figuratively
[no object] : to move your body so that it is not straight
   b [+ object] : to move (part of your body, such as an arm or leg) so that it is not straight
◊ In formal language, if you bend yourself to or bend your strength/energy/efforts (etc.) to/toward something (such as a job or task), you work hard in order to do it.

bend a rule

: to not be strict or exact about following a rule

bend over backward

— see 1backward

bend someone's ear

informal
: to talk to someone for a long time

bend (the) facts

: to change facts in a dishonest way in order to deceive people

bend the truth

: to say something that is not true or that misleads people but that is usually not regarded as a serious or harmful lie

on bended knee

alsoon bended knees
: in a kneeling position: in the position of someone who is kneeling on one knee— sometimes used figuratively
2bend/ˈbɛnd/noun
pluralbends
2bend
/ˈbɛnd/
noun
pluralbends
Learner's definition of BEND  
[count] : a curved part of something
[count] : the act or process of bending something
the bends medical : a painful and dangerous condition caused by rising to the surface too quickly after being deep underwater
— called also decompression sickness

around the bend

(chiefly US)informalor chiefly Britishround the bend
: crazy
US : occurring soon

— bendy

/ˈbɛndi/adjective,bendier; bendiestchiefly British, informal,[also more bendy; most bendy]
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