Synonyms of bend in English:

bend

verb

  • 1 copper pipes should not be bent without support
    curve, crook, make crooked, make curved, flex, angle, hook, bow, arc, arch, buckle, warp, contort, distort, deform;
    twist, spiral, coil, curl, loop
    [Antonyms] straighten
  • 2 the highway bent to the left up ahead
    turn, curve, incline, swing, veer, swerve, deviate, diverge, fork, change course;
  • 3 he bent and patted the dog
    [Antonyms] straighten up
  • 4 they want to bend me to their will
    mould, shape, manipulate, direct, force, press, influence, incline, sway, bias, warp, impress, compel, persuade;
    subdue, subjugate
  • 5 he bent his mind to the question
    direct, point, aim, turn, train, steer, set
  • Phrases

    bend over backwards

    informal they have bent over backwards to ensure a fair trial
    try one's hardest, try as hard as one can, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can, give one's all, make every effort;
    informal do one's damnedest, go all out, pull out all the stops, bust a gut, move heaven and earth, give it one's best shot
    Australian/New Zealand informal go for the doctor

    noun

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  • he came to a bend in the road
    curve, turn, corner, kink, angle, arc, crescent, twist, crook, deviation, deflection, loop;
    dog-leg, oxbow, zigzag;
    [Antonyms] straight
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