- to straighten from a bent form or position.
- to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax: to unbend one's mind.
- to release from tension, as a bow.
- to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
- to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
- to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner: Imagine him unbending!
- to become unbent; straighten.
Origin of unbend
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Examples from the Web for unbend
They felt they must unbend after the severe mental tension of the morning.The Kentucky Ranger
Edward T. Curnick
And be it remembered that our dear Doctor could unbend—that is, in fitting time and place.The Dew of Their Youth
S. R. Crockett
We had first to unreeve all the ropes, and unbend all the sails.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
They had never before seen him unbend to anybody as he did to George.George at the Fort
Dolly did not join in her mother's laugh nor unbend in the least.The Marriage of Elinor
- to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
- informal to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
- to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
- (tr) nautical
- to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
- to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
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Word Origin and History for unbend
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