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English definition of “bend”

bend

verb [I/T]    /bend/ (past tense and past participle bent  /bent/)
to change the position of your body or a part of your body so that it is no longer straight but curved or forming an angle : [I always + adv/prep] She dropped her umbrella and bent down to pick it up. [T] Bend your knees and keep your back straight when lifting heavy objects .
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