Bend Definition

bĕnd
bending, bends, bent
verb
bending, bends, bent
To cause tension in (a bow, etc.), as by drawing with a string.
Webster's New World
To yield by curving or crooking, as from pressure.
Webster's New World
To flex a limb at (a joint, as the knee or elbow)
Webster's New World
To misrepresent; distort.
Bend the truth.
American Heritage
To cause to have a fixed purpose; determine.
He was bent on success.
Webster's New World
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noun
bends
The act or fact of bending.
American Heritage
A bending or being bent.
Webster's New World
A bent or curving part, as of a river.
Webster's New World
A wale.
Webster's New World
The thick planks in a ship's side; wales.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
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other
A city of central Oregon on the Deschutes River in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range.
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idiom
around the bend
  • Mentally deranged; crazy.
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bend (one's) elbow
  • To drink alcoholic beverages.
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bend out of shape
  • To annoy or anger.
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bend
  • To make an effort greater than is required.
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bend (someone's) ear
  • To talk to at length, usually excessively.
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Other Word Forms of Bend

Noun

Singular:
bend
Plural:
bends

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Origin of Bend

  • From Middle English benden, from Old English bendan (“to bind or bend (a bow), fetter, restrain”), from Proto-Germanic *bandijaną (“to bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to bind, tie”). Cognate with Middle High German benden (“to fetter”), Danish bænde (“to bend”), Norwegian bende (“to bend”), Faroese benda (“to bend, inflect”), Icelandic benda (“to bend”). More at band.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English bend band, and from Old French bende, bande band (of Germanic origin bhendh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English benden from Old English bendan bhendh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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