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bendverb [I/T]

 us   /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.

bendnoun [C]

 us   /bend/
a curved path or an angle: a bend in the road
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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 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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bendnoun

uk   /bend/  us   /bend/
  • 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
(Definition of bend from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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