• noun: a curved part of something
  • verb: to use force to cause (something, such as a wire or pipe) to become curved
  • verb: to constrain or strain to tension by curving
  • usually used in plural
  • synonyms: lean, yield, bow


  • a politician accused of 'bending to the will' of wealthy supporters [=being influenced by wealthy supporters; doing the things that are wanted by wealthy supporters]

  • She's not really quite old enough to be admitted as a member, but she's very close, so I think we can 'bend the rule(s)' a little in her case and let her in now.

  • He was forced to ask for their help 'on bended knee'. [=he was forced to beg for their help; he was forced to ask for their help in a very humble way]

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