- 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 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
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Word Origin and History for unbended
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