Language: Old English
Origin: bendan


1 verb
bend1 S3 W3 past tense and past participle bent
1 [intransitive and transitive] 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 [transitive] to push or press something so that it is no longer flat or straight:
You need a special tool to bend the steel.
3 [intransitive] to become curved and no longer flat or straight:
Several branches started bending towards the ground.
4 [intransitive] when a road bends, it changes direction to form a curve:
The road bends sharply to the left.

bend the truth

to say something that is not completely true

bend over backwards (to do something)

to try very hard to be helpful:
We bent over backwards to finish it on time.

bend somebody's ear

spoken to talk to someone, especially for a long time about something that is worrying you

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.

bend your mind/efforts to something

formal to give all your energy or attention to one activity, plan etc

bend to somebody's will

formal to do what someone else wants, especially when you do not want to

➔ bend the rules

at rule1 (1)

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