unbend

verb
un·bend | \ˌən-ˈbend \
unbent\ˌən-ˈbent \; unbending

Definition of unbend 

transitive verb

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

3a : to unfasten from a spar or stay unbend a sail

b : to cast loose : untie unbend a rope

intransitive verb

1 : to relax one's severity, stiffness, or austerity

2 : to cease to be bent : become straight

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unbend

Synonyms

straighten, uncurl

Antonyms

bend, crook, curl, curve

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Examples of unbend in a Sentence

He was bending and unbending his fingers. His fingers were bending and unbending. He unbent a little at the party.
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Right-to-try laws indulge the fear that unbending bureaucrats in Washington have kept patients from medical cures with an excess of red tape. Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, "Charlie Gard’s saga exposed a flaw in our perception of medicine: We are too quick to think new treatments will work.," 25 July 2017 Tilica is unbending in her focus, and uncompromising when accepting what’s possible. Sam Mellinger, kansascity.com, "They said he’d never be able to learn. With mom’s help, he has a college scholarship," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of unbend

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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unbend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unbend

: to make (something) straight or to become straight

: to stop being serious or tense

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