bend (v.)
give way, bow, submit
E3 I.i.74[King Edward to Lorraine] Not servilely disposed to bend
JC I.ii.117[Cassius to Brutus, of himself] must bend his body / If Caesar carelessly but nod on him [i.e. make a bow]
Oth I.iii.233[Othello to Duke] Most humbly ... bending to your state
TC III.iii.71[Patroclus to Achilles, of the lords] They were used to bend
TNK I.i.229[Third Queen to Theseus] Thou being but mortal makest affections bend / To godlike honours [i.e. can subdue your human feelings]
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