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bend vb. (3 properly, to bring a gun to bear)
1. “ up,” to strain, nerve H5 III. i. 16, Mac. I. vii. 79.
2. “bend the brows,” &c., to frown, scowl John IV. ii. 90, R2 II. i. 171 “Or one wrinkle on my sovereign's face,” Sonn. Music iv. 13 [Pilgr. 311].
3. to level, aim, turn, direct John II. i. 379 “bend Your sharpest deeds of malice,” R3 I. ii. 95, IV. v. 17 “do they bend their power,” Lr. II. i. 48 “'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend.”
4. intr. and refl. to direct one's course, turn, proceed All'sW. III. ii. 57 “Thither we bend again,” Wint. V. i. 165, 1H4 V. v. 36; fig. to tend, incline Tp. IV. i. 174 “always bending Towards their project,” Ham. I. ii. 55, 115 “bend you to remain Here,” Sonn. cxvi. 4. See also BENT pa. pple.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (12):
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.7
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 5.5
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim, 2.19
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxvi
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, iv
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