bend

To bend is to curve. You can bend physically, as when you practice yoga, and also figuratively, the way you do when you "bend over backwards," working hard to make something happen, especially on behalf of another person.

Tree trunks and branches are able to bend when they're whipped by strong wind — this way, they're usually able to avoid breaking. A bend in the road is a curve, and to bend the rules is to change them slightly in a specific instance. If you try to do a backbend, you have to arch or bend your spine and lean back until her head hangs down and your hands touch the floor. It's a move for the young and flexible. The Old English root, bendan, specifically referred to bending or stretching a bow.

Definitions of bend
  1. verb
    form a curve
    “The stick does not bend
    synonyms: flex
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    straighten, unbend
    straighten up or out; make straight
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    crook, curve
    bend or cause to bend
    arc, arch, curve
    form an arch or curve
    incurvate
    bend inwards
    replicate, retroflex
    bend or turn backward
    angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
    to incline or bend from a vertical position
    bow, crouch, stoop
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    double, double over, double up
    bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain
    cower, crawl, creep, cringe, fawn, grovel
    show submission or fear
    curl, curl up, draw in
    shape one's body into a curl
    recurve
    curve or bend (something) back or down
    camber
    curve upward in the middle
    incline, pitch, slope
    be at an angle
    weather
    cause to slope
    heel, list
    tilt to one side
    lean back, recline
    move the upper body backwards and down
    squinch
    crouch down
    cower, huddle
    crouch or curl up
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  2. verb
    cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    bend the rod”
    synonyms: deform, flex, turn, twist
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    unbend
    free from flexure
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    dent, indent
    make a depression into
    incurvate
    cause to curve inward
    gnarl
    twist into a state of deformity
    crank
    bend into the shape of a crank
    convolute, convolve
    curl, wind, or twist together
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  3. verb
    turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
    synonyms: deflect, turn away
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    turn
    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  4. verb
    change direction
    “The road bends
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    turn
    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  5. verb
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    synonyms: bow, crouch, stoop
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    squinch
    crouch down
    cower, huddle
    crouch or curl up
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    flex
    form a curve
  6. verb
    bend a joint
    bend your knees”
    synonyms: flex
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  7. noun
    a circular segment of a curve
    “a bend in the road”
    synonyms: crook, turn, twist
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    bight
    a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
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    curve, curved shape
    the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
  8. noun
    curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
    synonyms: curve
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    blind bend, blind curve
    a curve or bend in the road that you cannot see around as you are driving
    elbow
    a sharp bend in a road or river
    hairpin bend
    a U-shaped bend in a road
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    section, segment
    one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
  9. noun
    movement that causes the formation of a curve
    synonyms: bending
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    deflection, deflexion, refraction
    the amount by which a propagating wave is bent
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    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  10. noun
    an angular or rounded shape made by folding
    “a bend of his elbow”
    synonyms: crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication
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    plait, pleat
    any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
    kink, twirl, twist
    a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
    pucker, ruck
    an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)
    box pleat
    a flat double pleat made by folding under the fabric on either side of it
    inverted pleat
    a box pleat reversed so that the fullness is turned inward
    kick pleat
    pleat in back of a straight skirt to allow ease in walking
    knife pleat
    a single pleat turned in one direction
    tuck
    a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
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    angular shape, angularity
    a shape having one or more sharp angles
  11. noun
    diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
    synonyms: bend dexter
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    ordinary
    (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
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