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bendverb

uk   /bend/  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.

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Phrasal verbs

bendnoun

uk   /bend/  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.

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  • 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)

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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)
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