Definition of bent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bent//
    see also bend
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  1. 1  not straight a piece of bent wire Do this exercise with your knees bent (= not with your legs straight).
  2. 2  (of a person) not able to stand up straight, usually as a result of being old or ill/sick a small bent old woman He was bent double with laughter.
  3. 3(British English, informal) (of a person in authority) dishonest
  4. Extra examples The lamp post got bent in the crash. The man shuffled back a few paces, bent almost double. Do this exercise with your knees bent. He tried to pick the lock with a piece of bent wire. She whirled around to see a small, bent old woman leaning on a cane.Idioms
    bent on something/on doing something
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    determined to do something (usually something bad) She seems bent on making life difficult for me. see also hell-bent
    get bent out of shape (about/over something)
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    (North American English, informal) to become angry, anxious or upset Don't get bent out of shape about it. It was just a mistake! See related entries: Anger
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