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

Translation of bend in French:

noun

  • 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]
    se diriger vers

intransitive verb prétpp bent

  • 1 (become curved)
    (road, path)
    tourner
    (river) (once)
    s'incurver
    (several times)
    faire des méandres
    (frame, bar)
    plier
    (branch)
    ployer
    (nail, mudguard)
    se tordre
    my arm won't bend
    je ne peux pas plier le bras
  • 2 (stoop)
    (person)
    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

Idioms

[informal]
round (British English) ou around (American English) the bend

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 (informal) pour quelqu'un/pour faire

Phrasal verbs

bend back

1 bend back
(person)
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
(person)
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
(person)
se pencher, se courber
2 bend [something] over, bend over [something]

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