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unbent

[uhn-bent] /ʌnˈbɛnt/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of unbend.
adjective
2.
not bent; unbowed.
3.
not having yielded or submitted.
Origin of unbent
1475-1485
1475-85; (in defs 2, 3) un-1 + bent1

unbend

[uhn-bend] /ʌnˈbɛnd/
verb (used with object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
1.
to straighten from a bent form or position.
2.
to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax:
to unbend one's mind.
3.
to release from tension, as a bow.
4.
Nautical.
  1. to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
  2. to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
verb (used without object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
5.
to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner:
Imagine him unbending!
6.
to become unbent; straighten.
Origin
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at un-2, bend1
Related forms
unbendable, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unbent
Historical Examples
  • Caradoc unbent his dignity and explained what he had observed.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • But since the day of the funeral her supple nature had unbent.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Necessarily he must have or he couldn't have unbent to me as he did.

  • But the captain took not the offered hand nor unbent his angry brow.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • Here the sails were unbent to be repaired, and tents were set up on shore.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • Nevertheless he unbent in the end to give the chief a job after his heart.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • Miss West treated me the same way, but unbent more to Mr. Pike.

  • There was the advantage of being the only lady, and he unbent more than he ever did at home.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Even Percy unbent enough to interview one of the Corcoran boys.

  • Then he unbent a little in saying, "That's what's bothering me right now."

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for unbent

unbent

/ʌnˈbɛnt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of unbend
adjective
2.
not bent or bowed
3.
not compelled to yield or give way by force

unbend

/ʌnˈbɛnd/
verb -bends, -bending, -bent
1.
to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
2.
(informal) to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
3.
to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
4.
(transitive) (nautical)
  1. to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
  2. to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
Derived Forms
unbendable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unbent

unbend

v.

"to relax a bow by unstringing it," mid-13c., from un- (2) + bend (v.). Figurative meaning "to become genial, relax" (1748) has a sense opposite to that of unbending "inflexible, obstinate" (1680s), which does not derive from the bowstringing image.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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