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unbend

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verb un·bend \-ˈbend\

Simple Definition of unbend

  • : to make (something) straight or to become straight

  • : to stop being serious or tense

Full Definition of unbend

un·bentplay \-ˈbent\un·bend·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free from flexure :  make or allow to become straight <unbend a bow>

  3. 2 :  to cause (as the mind) to relax

  4. 3 a :  to unfasten (as a sail) from a spar or stay b :  to cast loose (as a rope) :  untie

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to relax one's severity, stiffness, or austerity

  7. 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.



13th Century

First Known Use of unbend

13th century



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