- 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
Related Words for unbendedunwind, recline, soften, calm, breathe, relax, lean, deign, rectify, uncoil, loosen, defrost, melt, dissolve, spread, unravel, unfurl, repose, rest, tranquilize
Examples from the Web for unbended
Historical Examples of unbended
A wise and good man is never so amiable as in his unbended and familiar intervals.
If ever Mr. Scarsdale unbended his reserved soul for a moment, it was Peggy who received the rare confidence.The House on the Moor, v. 1/3
She made herself very agreeable to the Archdeacon, who unbended very much, and grew very nice, as Mrs Chiley herself allowed.Miss Marjoribanks
Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
If she had a fault it was her unbended determination to go through with any thing she once undertook.William Shakespeare as he lived.
- 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