It is beyond dispute that Cianci bent the city to his will when he was mayor.
While in the square, check out the bent Spoon, which is one of the best ice cream emporiums in town.
A paper cup of water with a bent straw is placed before the frantic and miserable patient and all present implore him to Sip!
At that moment Constance appeared and grew pale and rosy by turns as Louis bent over her small gloved fingers.
Jones was presented more heroically than he even had been in the press (he seemed to have bent the ear of the chronicler).
Because I saw that Sir Cæsar was bent on humiliating me; and he had the power.
This business attended to, Robert bent his steps to Mr. Paine's office.
It was in quest of this Governor that Yoosoof bent his rapid steps.
The two bent their steps to the shore, and looked out to sea.
She was strangely moved at that, and bent closer to see his eyes.
"mental inclination," 1570s, probably from earlier literal sense "condition of being deflected or turned" (1530s), from bent (adj.) "not straight" (q.v.).
"stiff grass," Old English beonet, from West Germanic *binut- "rush, marsh grass" (cf. Old Saxon binet, Old High German binuz, German Binse "rush, reed"), of unknown origin. An obsolete word, but surviving in place names (cf. Bentley, from Old English Beonet-leah; Bentham).
"not straight," late 14c. (earlier ibent, c.1300, from past participle of bend (v.). Meaning "turned or inclined in some direction" is from 1530s, probably as a translation of Latin inclinatio. Meaning "directed in a course" is from 1690s. Figurative phrase bent out of shape "extremely upset" is 1960s U.S. Air Force and college student slang.
Old English bendan "to bend a bow; confine with a string, fetter," causative of bindan "to bind," from Proto-Germanic base *band- "string, band" (cf. Old Norse benda "to join, strain, strive, bend"), from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (cf. Gothic bindan, Old High German bintan, Sanskrit badhnati "binds," Lithuanian bendras "partner;" Old Persian bandaka- "subject").
Modern sense (early 14c.) is via notion of bending a bow to string it. Cognate with band, bind, and bond. Related: Bended; bent; bending.
"a bending or curving," 1590s; "thing of bent shape," c.1600, from bend (v.). Earlier "act of drawing a bow" (mid-15c.). The bends "decompression pain" first attested 1894.
"broad diagonal band in a coat-of-arms, etc.," c.1400, from earlier sense of "thin, flat strap for wrapping round," from Old English bend "fetter, shackle, chain," from PIE *bhendh- (see bend (v.)).
v. bent (běnt), bend·ing, bends
To incline the body; stoop.