bend


bend
1 bend, verb past tense and past participle bent bent
1 MOVE YOUR BODY (intransitive always + adv/prep) to move the top half of your body forwards or downwards
(+ towards/across etc): He bent towards me and whispered in my ear. | bend over (=bend your body at the waist): She was bending over the basin, washing her hair. | bend down (=bend your body at the knees or waist): I bent down to lift the box off the floor.
2 CURVE
a) (T) to push or press something into a curved shape or fold it at an angle: Bend your arms and then stretch them upwards. | bend sth back/away etc: I'll bend the branches back so that you can get through.
b) (I) to be in the shape of a curve or to change to this shape: The wire bent easily.
3 bend the rules to do something that is not normally allowed, but will not cause serious problems, usually in order to help someone else: You should really pay today, but we can bend the rules just this once.
4 bend over backwards (to do sth) to try very hard to be helpful: I've been bending over backwards to get it done on time for them.
5 bend sb's ear spoken to talk to someone, especially about something that is worrying you
6 on bended knee
a) trying very hard to persuade someone to do something: If I go on bended knee to the boss, do you think she'd give me my job back?
b) in a kneeling position
7 bend your mind/efforts/thoughts etc to formal to give all your energy or attention to one activity, plan etc
2 noun (C)
1 a curved part of something, especially a road or river: The taxi swung around the bend at a terrifying speed.
(+ in): a sharp bend in the river
2 an action in which you bend a part of your body: We started the session with a few knee bends to warm up.
3 the bends (plural) a very painful and serious condition that divers get when they come up from under the sea too quickly
4 drive sb round the bend spoken especially BrE to annoy someone
5 be/go round the bend spoken especially BrE to be or become crazy: You must be round the bend to let her treat you like that.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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