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definition of the word bend

by the Wiktionnary

From Middle English benden < Old English bendan to bind or bend (a bow).

Infinitive
to bend

Third person singular
bends

Simple past
bent

Past participle
bent

Present participle
bending

to bend (third-person singular simple present bends, present participle bending, simple past and past participle bent)

  1. (transitive) To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
    • If you bend the pipe too far, it will break.
    • Don’t bend your knees.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To force or be forced to submit.
    • "They bent me to their will."
    • "I am bending to my desire to eat junk food."
  3. (transitive, nautical) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
    • Bend the sail to the yard.
  4. (transitive, music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
    • You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure.
  5. (intransitive, nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
  6. (intransitive) To become curved.
    • Look at the trees bending in the wind.
    • To bow properly, bend at the waist.
  7. (intransitive) To change direction.
    • The road bends to the right


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