bend Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “bend” in the English Dictionary

"bend" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   /bend/ (bent, bent)

bend verb (CURVE)

B2 [I or T] to (​cause to) ​curve: The ​road bends to the ​left after the ​trafficlights.B2 to ​moveyourbody or ​part of ​yourbody so that it is not ​straight: I bent down and ​picked up the ​coinslying on the ​road. Now, bend forward/over and ​touchyourtoes! Make ​sure you bend ​yourknees when you're ​picking up ​heavyobjects. After her ​fall she ​complained that she couldn't bend her ​legproperly.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.
More examples
Phrasal verbs


uk   us   /bend/

bend noun (CURVE)

B2 [C] a ​curvedpart 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 ​wrongside of the ​road. [U] in ​football, the ​curve in which a ​ballmoves when it has been ​kicked in a ​particular way: Good ​players can put bend on the ​ball.
More examples

bend noun (ILLNESS)

the bends [plural] a ​seriousmedicalcondition that ​divers (= ​people who ​swimunderwater) get when they come up to the ​surface of the ​water too ​quickly
(Definition of bend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bend" in American English

See all translations

bendverb [I/T]

 us   /bend/ (past tense and past participle bent  /bent/ )
to ​change the ​position of ​yourbody or a ​part of ​yourbody so that it is no ​longerstraight but ​curved or ​forming an ​angle: [I always + adv/prep] She ​dropped her ​umbrella and ​bent down to ​pick it up. [T] Bend ​yourknees and ​keepyour back ​straight when ​liftingheavyobjects.

bendnoun [C]

 us   /bend/
a ​curvedpath or an ​angle: a bend in the ​road
(Definition of bend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of bend?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“bend” in British English

“bend” in American English

Word of the Day

Word of the Day

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
by Colin McIntosh,
December 01, 2015
Are you a fan of shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek? Both shows have been around since the 1960s, and, not surprisingly, have generated some of their own vocabulary, some of which has now entered the Cambridge English Dictionary. The phenomenon of fandom, meaning “the state of being a fan of

Read More 

conversational user interface noun
conversational user interface noun
November 30, 2015
a computer interface that provides information to users in normal, conversational speech in response to spoken requests Nearly every major tech company—from Amazon to Intel to Microsoft to Google—is chasing the sort of conversational user interface that Kaplan and his colleagues at PARC imagined decades ago.

Read More