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To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve
“A New Caledonian crow in captivity learned how to bend a piece of straight wire into a hook to probe for food.”
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To physically give way under force or pressure
“Normally, for a structure with an immensely heavy roof such as this glasshouse, the roof would typically bend in, and the walls would also begin to bend down.”
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To deviate, or cause to deviate, from a straight line
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“We are moving so quickly that I am unable to make out how the road will bend next.”
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To coil or turn in a spiral or circular motion
“Just as the waves on the sea bend around an obstacle like the end of a pier, so do the light waves bend around the cloud particles.”
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To tilt or lean at an angle
“The most likely damage from such forces is that the tower would bend over near the top or middle rather than actually topple like a tree.”
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To physically bow or bend over
“As I bend to pick up the briefcase, the officer will already be looking beyond me to the next in line.”
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To alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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“According to a recent article, certain scientists engage in deceit or bend the facts according to their biases.”
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To submit or surrender to the will or demands of others
“The government appeared to bend to their demands in the face of rising popular support.”
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To apply to a task or purpose
“Dickinson will bend himself to the job of electing delegates who will be Inclined to listen to his advice.”
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To aim or direct in a given direction
“The effect of a prism is to bend the light towards the base.”
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To attach or fasten together
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“To bend the sail to the jackstay, the roband ends were passed around the jackstay in opposite directions.”
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To fold or bend something over, especially so that it comes in contact with itself
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To lower the body quickly
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Bend or hang downwards limply
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To act in a subservient or submissive manner
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Do something in such a way as to emphasize that one clearly regards it as below one's dignity or level of importance
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To persuade, or be persuaded, to change an opinion or stance
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Leap or spring while supporting or propelling oneself with one or both hands or with the help of a pole
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To diffuse, radiate or give off
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To curl, make curly, shape into curls
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To accept or consent by silence or by omitting to object
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To rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly
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To fit by alteration
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To move or proceed forward by force
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To surrender to, or to be conquered by
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To spoil or be the one bad feature of
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Make twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body
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Influence to believe something
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To crowd or nestle closely together
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A curve or deviation from a straight line or path
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“They rounded a bend in the path and could now see a river up ahead.”
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The act of setting, or of being set, at an angle
“The bend of the pole will be toward the middle of the pit, or slightly to the left of center.”
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A fold or crease, especially of skin or other tissue
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A contortion or deformation, or the act of causing one
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Greeting
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A downward or declining slope or surface
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An act or instance of drooping
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A slight change in position, direction, or tendency
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An object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location
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