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unbend

[ uhn-bend ]
/ 蕦n藞b蓻nd /
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verb (used with object), un路bent or (Archaic) un路bend路ed, un路bend路ing.
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.
Nautical.
  1. to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
  2. to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
verb (used without object), un路bent or (Archaic) un路bend路ed, un路bend路ing.
to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner: Imagine him unbending!
to become unbent; straighten.
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Origin of unbend

Middle English word dating back to 1200鈥50; see origin at un-2, bend1

OTHER WORDS FROM unbend

un路bend路a路ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unbend

unbend
/ (蕦n藞b蓻nd) /

verb -bends, -bending or -bent
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
  1. to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
  2. to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose

Derived forms of unbend

unbendable, adjective
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