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noun [countable]     bend pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    a curve in a road, river etc

    As she approached the bend, a dog sprang into the road.

    bend in:

    We came to a sharp bend in the road.

    a sharp/tight bend:

    a sharp bend in the river

    round/around a bend:

    He sped around the bend, sounding his horn furiously.

    to round a bend (=go round a bend):

    Rounding the next bend, he saw the hotel ahead of him.

  2. 2
    a movement in which you bend your body, especially as an exercise

    Let’s warm up with a few bends and stretches.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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