bend (v.) 1
aim, direct, level, turn
3H6 IV.viii.58 [Edward to all] towards Coventry bend we our course
3H6 V.i.87 [George to Warwick, of himself] Why, trowest thou ... / That Clarence is so harsh ... / To bend the fatal instruments of war / Against his brother and his lawful king
Cor I.ii.16 [Aufidius to all, reading a letter about the Roman leaders] These three lead on this preparation / Whither 'tis bent
Ham III.iv.118 [Gertrude to Hamlet] you do bend your eye on vacancy
JC II.iii.5 [Artemidorus alone, reading his letter to Caesar, of the conspirators] There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Caesar
JC IV.iii.168 [Brutus to Messala, of Octavius and Antony] Come down upon us with a mighty power, / Bending their expedition toward Philippi
KJ II.i.37 [King Philip to all] Our cannon shall be bent / Against the brows of this resisting town
KJ II.i.379 [Bastard to King John and King Philip, of Angiers] both conjointly bend / Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town
KJ IV.ii.51 [Pembroke to King John, of the lords thinking of the King's safety] for the which myself and them / Bend their best studies
KL II.i.45 [Edmund to Gloucester] the revenging gods / 'Gainst parricides did all the thunder bend
KL IV.ii.74 [Messenger to Albany, of Cornwall's servant] bending his sword / To his great master
LLL IV.ii.116 [Nathaniel reading Berowne's letter to Rosaline, of Jove's thunder] Which, not to anger bent, is music and sweet fire
MM I.i.40 [Duke to Angelo] I do bend my speech / To one that can my part in him advertise
Per II.v.47 [Pericles to Simonides, of Thaisa] [I] ... bent all offices to honour her
R3 I.ii.95 [Anne to Richard, of his sword and Queen Margaret] The which thou once didst bend against her breast
R3 IV.v.17 [Urswick to Derby, of Richmond's supporters] towards London do they bend their power
Sonn 143.6 [of a housewife's baby] Cries to catch her whose busy care is bent / To follow that which flies before her face
TC III.iii.43 [Ulysses to all, of Achilles] 'tis like he'll question me / Why such unplausive eyes are bent
TC IV.iv.138 [Troilus to Cressida] To our own selves bend we our needful talk
TNK III.i.31 [stage direction] Palamon ... bends his fist at Arcite [i.e. shakes his fist]
TS I.i.176 [Tranio to Lucentio, of Bianca] Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her
Ven 618 [Venus to Adonis, of a boar] Like to a mortal butcher bent to kill

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