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British English: /bɛnd/
American English: /bɛnd/

Translation of bend in French:


  • 2 (Nautical) (knot)
    nœud (m) de jonction

also: bends plural noun

  • (Medicine) (+ v sg ou pl)
    maladie (f) des caissons

transitive verb prétpp bent

  • 2 (distort)
    travestir (truth, facts)
    faire une entorse à (principle)
    to bend the rules
    contourner le règlement
  • 3 (direct) to bend one's mind/attention to
    concentrer son esprit/attention sur
    to bend one's steps towards [literary]

intransitive verb prétpp bent

  • 1 (become curved)
    (road, path)
    (river) (once) s'incurver
    (several times) faire des méandres
    (frame, bar)
    (nail, mudguard)
    se tordre
    my arm won't bend
    je ne peux pas plier le bras
  • 2 (stoop)
    se courber, se pencher
    to bend forward/backwards
    se pencher en avant/en arrière
    to bend low
    se courber jusqu'à terre
    to bend double
    se plier en deux
    his head was bent over a book
    il était penché sur un livre


round (British English) ou around (American English) the bend

[informal] to go (a)round the bend [informal]
devenir fou/folle
to drive somebody (a)round the bend [informal]
rendre quelqu'un fou/folle

to bend over backwards for somebody/to do

se mettre en quatre pour quelqu'un/pour faire [informal]

Phrasal verbs

bend back

1 bend back
se pencher à l'arrière
to bend back on itself
(road, river)
faire demi-tour
2 bend [something] back, bend back [something]
(to original position) redresser (book, pin)
(away from natural position) replier [quelque chose] (en arrière) (book, pin)
to bend one's fingers back
plier les doigts (en arrière)
to bend something back into shape
redresser quelque chose

bend down

1 bend down
se pencher, se courber
2 bend [something] down, bend down [something]
faire ployer (branch)
replier [quelque chose] en arrière (flap)

bend over

1 bend over
se pencher, se courber
2 bend [something] over, bend over [something]
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