bends; bent/ˈbɛnt/; bending bends; bent/ˈbɛnt/; bending
Learner's definition of BEND
1 a [+ 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
bend a wire into a circle
bend the cable around a wheel
He bent the bow and shot an arrow from it.
His glasses got bent when he dropped them.
— sometimes used figuratively
The road bends [=curves, turns] to the left.
The trees were bending in the wind.
The branch will bend before it breaks.
The branches of the fruit tree were bending under their own weight. [=were bending because they were so heavy]
She refused to bend under pressure to change her decision.
a politician accused of bending to the will of wealthy supporters [=being influenced by wealthy supporters; doing the things that are wanted by wealthy supporters]
2 a [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
She bent down/over/forward to pick up a piece of paper and then she straightened up again.
He bent back to look up at the ceiling.
bend to the left and then bend to the right
bend at the waist
He bent double with pain. [=he bent forward from the waist because he was in extreme pain]
bend a knee
bend a leg
bend an arm
bend [=tilt] your head
◊ 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.
He has bent himself [=applied himself] to the task of making the company more efficient and profitable.
They are bending their efforts toward completing the job on time.
They bent their minds to [=gave a lot of thought to; thought hard about] the problem.
bend a rule
: to not be strict or exact about following a rule
bend someone's earinformal
: 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 kneealsoon bended knees
: in a kneeling position: in the position of someone who is kneeling on one knee— sometimes used figuratively
Learner's definition of BEND
1 [count] : a curved part of something 2 [count] : the act or process of bending something
a quick bend of the body
3 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
The pressure of his job nearly drove him around the bend.
He almost went around the bend.
If you ask me, she's completely round the bend.
— bendy/ˈbɛndi/adjective,bendier; bendiestchiefly British, informal
,[also more bendy; most bendy]