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bend

bend

 
 
pronunciation:
bend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
bend over backwards, bend over backward, the bends, around the bend
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bends, bending, bent
definition 1: to make (something) take on a curved or angular form, or a different form.
He accidentally bent the nail.
synonyms:
angle, buckle, crook, curve, inflect, turn, warp
antonyms:
straighten
similar words:
arch, bow, bow, double, flex, fold, hook, lean, sag, stoop, twist
definition 2: to force (someone) to change inclination or direction.
I bent him to my purposes.
synonyms:
affect, compel, induce, influence, sway
similar words:
bias, bow, direct, dispose, double, impel, incline, move, subdue
definition 3: to impose a strain on; distort.
They are bending the rules, but not breaking them.
synonyms:
distort, strain, stretch
similar words:
contort, twist, warp
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to take on a curved or angled form.
The fishing rod bent under the strain of the fish.One's arm bends at the elbow.
 
synonyms:
buckle, crook, curve, double, warp, wind
antonyms:
straighten
similar words:
angle, arc, arch, bow, crouch, flex, hook, jog, lean, sag, twist
definition 2: to lean one's upper body, esp. from the waist (often fol. by over, forward, or back).
 
synonyms:
bow, lean
similar words:
bob, crouch, double, hunch, stoop
definition 3: to yield one's position or opinion.
Will you bend a little on this issue?
synonyms:
bow, buckle under, yield
similar words:
acquiesce, assent, capitulate, come around, come round, defer, fold, knuckle under, submit, succumb, surrender
definition 4: to change direction in a curving way, as a road.
synonyms:
curve, swerve, turn, veer
similar words:
deflect, loop, sinuate, twist, zigzag
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phrase: bend over backwards
phrase: bend over backward
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of bending.
synonyms:
flection, flexure, turn
similar words:
bow, curvature, twist
definition 2: the condition of being bent.
synonyms:
curvature, flection, flexure
similar words:
lean
definition 3: a curved thing, section, or area; curve.
a bend in the roada bend in the river
 
synonyms:
arc, bow, crook, curve, flexure, turn
similar words:
arch, deflection, flection, hook, jog
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phrase: the bends
phrase: around the bend
derivation: bendable (adj.)
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