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He [Kreacher, a house elf] was still wearing the filthy rag in which they had first met him, and the contemptuous look he bent upon Harry showed that his attitude to his change of ownership had altered no more than his outfit.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I don't understand the use of "bent" in this context. I've looked up 'bend' in this dictionary. But it seems that no definition could fit in my view. What's 'bend' supposed to mean in this context?

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I think that meaning 4 in Lexico fits the usage.

bend1
VERB

4 Direct (one's attention or energies) to a task.

He bent his thoughts to see if he could pick up on Chanet's thoughts.
For several years he bent his efforts to the building of a railroad through the County.
When his choice was made he bent his attention to the table.

So the sentence means that Kreacher gave Harry an intense and disrespectful look.

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    You can bend your gaze on someone. – Michael Harvey Oct 9 at 10:40

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