bend VERB (past and past part. bent) 1) give or have a curved or angled shape, form, or course. 2) lean or curve the body downwards; stoop. 3) force or be forced to give in. 4) interpret or modify (a rule) to suit oneself. 5) direct (one's attention or energies) to a task.
NOUN 1) a curved or angled part or course. 2) a kind of knot used to join two ropes together, or one rope to another object. 3) (the bends) (treated as sing. ) decompression sickness.
bend someone's ear — Cf. ↑bend someone's ear
round the bend — Cf. ↑round the bend
DERIVATIVES bendable adjective bendy adjective.
ORIGIN Old English, «put in bonds, tension a bow»; related to BAND(Cf. ↑banding).

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