I found out this phrase in the TEDx talk "Let's not use Mars as a backup planet". As I was searching in the dictionaries, I understood the basic meaning of the verb which is "make curved" but I didn't found the figurative meaning.

Any comment would be useful.

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    Please see bend 3.0 Force or be forced to submit, and 3.1 Interpret or modify (a rule) to suit someone. – Weather Vane Dec 2 '20 at 20:02

I could wish you nhad supplied a link or a longer quote for fuller context, but the meanign is probably "deform", "distort", or "modify". In short the meaning is "change the hostile environment of Mars, so as to permit human habitation" with a probable implication that such change is a negative or undesirable thing.

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