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bend

verb uk   /bend/ (bent, bent) us  

bend verb (CURVE)

B2 [I or T] to (cause to) curve: The road bends to the left after the traffic lights.B2 to move your body or part of your body so that it is not straight: I bent down and picked up the coins lying on the road. Now, bend forward/over and touch your toes! Make sure you bend your knees when you're picking up heavy objects. After her fall she complained that she couldn't bend her leg properly.on bended knee in a position in which the knee of one leg is touching the floor: He went down on bended knee to ask her to marry him.
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bend

noun uk   /bend/ us  

bend noun (CURVE)

B2 [C] a curved part of something: There's a bend in the pipe so you can't see from one end to the other. The car came around the bend on the wrong side of the road. [U] in football, the curve in which a ball moves when it has been kicked in a particular way: Good players can put bend on the ball.
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bend noun (ILLNESS)

the bends [plural] a serious medical condition that divers (= people who swim underwater) get when they come up to the surface of the water too quickly
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