unbend


un·bend

verb \-ˈbend\

: to make (something) straight or to become straight

: to stop being serious or tense

un·bent\-ˈbent\un·bend·ing

Full Definition of UNBEND

transitive verb
1
:  to free from flexure :  make or allow to become straight <unbend a bow>
2
:  to cause (as the mind) to relax
3
a :  to unfasten (as a sail) from a spar or stay
b :  to cast loose (as a rope) :  untie
intransitive verb
1
:  to relax one's severity, stiffness, or austerity
2
:  to cease to be bent :  become straight

Examples of UNBEND

  1. He was bending and unbending his fingers.
  2. His fingers were bending and unbending.
  3. He unbent a little at the party.

First Known Use of UNBEND

13th century

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