bend · verb I or T /bend/Full view
bend (BODY)
B2 to move your body or part of your body so that it is not straight
Dictionary examples:

Bend your knees when lifting heavy objects.

She bent down to pick up the pen.

Now, bend forwards/over and touch your toes!

Learner example:

My friend was bending over the table laughing hysterically. (First Certificate in English; B2; Swedish)

bend (CURVE)
B2 to (cause to) curve
Dictionary example:

The trees were bending in the wind.

Learner example:

I saw fir trees bending in half and 500-year-old oaks shedding their leaves. (First Certificate in English; B2; Polish)

bend over backwards
C1 to try very hard to do something
Dictionary example:

They bent over backwards to make us feel at home.

Learner example:

They won't bend over backwards to look for a quick solution, but sooner or latter the matter will be solved. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Spanish)

bend · noun C /bend/
B2 a curved part of something
Dictionary examples:

There's a bend in the pipe so you can't see from one end to the other.

There's a sharp bend in the road.

Learner example:

The other car disappeared around a sharp bend and when we came [a]round it, we saw that the car had stopped in the middle of the road. (First Certificate in English; B2; Italian)

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