Bend - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bend|  American pronunciation of the word bend
Brit.  |bend|  British pronunciation of the word bend
irregular verb:  p.t. — bent  p.p. — bent


- a circular segment of a curve (syn: crook, turn, twist)
a bend in the road
- movement that causes the formation of a curve (syn: bending)
- curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.) (syn: curve)
- an angular or rounded shape made by folding (syn: crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication)
a bend of his elbow
- a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
- diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left


- form a curve (syn: flex)
The stick does not bend
- change direction
The road bends
- cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form (syn: deform, flex, turn, twist)
bend the rod
- bend one's back forward from the waist on down (syn: bow, crouch, stoop)
- turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest (syn: deflect, turn away)
- bend a joint (syn: flex)
bend your knees

Extra examples

He bent the bow and shot an arrow from it.

His glasses got bent when he dropped them.

The trees were bending in the wind.

The branch will bend before it breaks.

She bent down to pick up a piece of paper and then she straightened up again.

He bent back to look up at the ceiling.

Don't bend the corners of the pages in, it damages them.

As Jim bent over to pick up the pen, he felt a sharp pain in his back.

The top of the box bends back to show the goods.

Before it reaches the church, the road bends to the left.

Grandfather was a very powerful man, and used to bend us to his wishes.

I'd advise you to bend before the old lady's wishes.

The local council was forced to bend to public pressure.

I will bend my efforts to better assure coordination among the sections.

Bend a sail to its yard.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bend
he/she/it: bends
present participle: bending
past tense: bent
past participle: bent
singular: bend
plural: bends
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