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English definition of “bend”

bend

verb [I, T]
 
 
/bend/ (past tense and past participle bent)
BODY B2 to move your body or part of your body so that it is not straight: He was bending over to tie his shoelaces. Bend your knees when lifting heavy objects.Bending, twisting and curving
OBJECT B2 to become curved, or to make something become curved: The trees were bending in the wind. The road bent sharply to the left. → See also bend over backwards, bend/stretch the rulesBending, twisting and curving
(Definition of bend verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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