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verb bend pronunciation in American English /bend/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybend
he/she/itbends
present participlebending
past tensebent
past participlebent
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to lean forward and downward, or to move the top part of your body forward and downward

    He bent and kissed her quickly.

    bend forward:

    She bent forward and whispered in my ear.

    bend over:

    Bend over and touch your toes.

    bend down:

    Helen bent down to pick up her pen.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you bend your head or if it bends, you move it forward and downward without moving your body downward

      The three of them sat there with their heads bent over their books.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become curved or folded and not straight

    tools that will not bend or break under stress

    bend under something:

    The slim branches were bending under the weight of their fruit.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to move with a curving or folding movement
      bend in/out/forward etc.:

      The corners of the card bend inward to form tabs.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] if a road, river, etc. bends, it changes direction in the shape of a curve

      The path bends sharply just before you enter the wood.

    3. d.
      [transitive] if you bend an object, you change it so that it becomes curved or folded and not straight

      This type of pipe can be easily bent by hand.

      bend something over/around something etc.:

      Bend the wires around the battery.

      bend something into something:

      We bent the strips of clay into strange shapes.

    4. e.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you bend your arm, leg, etc., or if it bends, you move it into a position that is not straight

      His arm was so stiff he couldn't bend it at all.

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