bend Definition

  • 1to cause something to curve or become curved
  • 2to lean or turn away from a straight line or a level surface
  • 3a curved part of something

Using bend: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bend" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She bent the wire into a circle.

  • Example

    The road bends to the left.

  • Example

    He bent down to pick up the pen.

  • Example

    The pipe has a slight bend in it.

bend Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for bend

Antonyms for bend

Phrases with bend

  • bend over backwards

    to make a great effort to help or please someone


    I've bent over backwards to help you, but you still don't appreciate it.

  • crazy or eccentric


    I think my neighbor is a little around the bend.

  • bend someone's ear

    to talk to someone for a long time, especially in a way that they find annoying


    I'm sorry I'm late. My boss was bending my ear about the new project.


Summary: bend in Brief

The verb 'bend' [bɛnd] means to curve or lean away from a straight line or level surface. It can also refer to the act of causing something to curve. The noun 'bend' refers to a curved part of something. Common phrases include 'bend over backwards,' meaning to make a great effort to help or please someone, and 'around the bend,' meaning crazy or eccentric.

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