unbend

verb un·bend \ ˌən-ˈbend \

Definition of unbend

unbent play \ˌən-ˈbent\; unbending
1 : to free from flexure : make or allow to become straight
  • unbend a bow
2 : to cause to relax : to set at ease for a time
  • unbend the mind from study
3 a : to unfasten from a spar or stay
  • unbend a sail
b : to cast loose : untie
  • unbend a rope
1 : to relax one's severity, stiffness, or austerity
2 : to cease to be bent : become straight

Examples of unbend in a Sentence

  1. He was bending and unbending his fingers.

  2. His fingers were bending and unbending.

  3. He unbent a little at the party.

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First Known Use of unbend

13th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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unbend Synonyms

Synonyms

straighten, uncurl;

Antonyms

bend, crook, curl, curve;

Near Antonyms

arc, bend, bow, hook, round;

entwine, kink, swirl, turn, twine, twist;

coil, loop, spiral, wind;


UNBEND Defined for English Language Learners

unbend

Definition of unbend for English Language Learners

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

  • : to stop being serious or tense



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