1 bend /ˈbɛnd/ verb
bends; bent /ˈbɛnt/ ; bending
1 bend
bends; bent /ˈbɛnt/ ; bending
Learner's definition of BEND
[+ object] : to use force to cause (something, such as a wire or pipe) to become curved
[no object] : to curve out of a straight line or position
sometimes used figuratively
[no object] : to move your body so that it is not straight
[+ object] : to move (part of your body, such as an arm or leg) so that it is not straight
◊ In formal language, if you bend yourself to or bend your strength/energy/efforts (etc.) to/toward something (such as a job or task), you work hard in order to do it.

bend a rule

: to not be strict or exact about following a rule

bend over backward

see 1backward

bend someone's ear

: to talk to someone for a long time

bend (the) facts

: to change facts in a dishonest way in order to deceive people

bend the truth

: to say something that is not true or that misleads people but that is usually not regarded as a serious or harmful lie

on bended knee

also on bended knees
: in a kneeling position : in the position of someone who is kneeling on one knee
sometimes used figuratively
2 bend /ˈbɛnd/ noun
plural bends
2 bend
plural bends
Learner's definition of BEND
[count] : a curved part of something
[count] : the act or process of bending something
the bends medical : a painful and dangerous condition caused by rising to the surface too quickly after being deep underwater
called also decompression sickness

around the bend

(chiefly US) informal or chiefly British round the bend
: crazy
US : occurring soon

— bendy

/ˈbɛndi/ adjective, bendier; bendiest chiefly British, informal [also more bendy; most bendy]