un·​bend | \ ˌən-ˈbend How to pronounce unbend (audio) \
unbent\ ˌən-​ˈbent How to pronounce unbent (audio) \; 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Trump administration’s unbending policy toward Iran was supposed to force the foe into submission. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Trump’s clueless Iran policy lurches the U.S. toward war," 19 June 2019 Sarri was unbending in his desire to implement his style and his philosophy at the club, and no amount of pressure from fans or journalists changed this fact. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Power Rankings: End of Season Review," 5 June 2019 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbend. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbend

: to make (something) straight or to become straight
: to stop being serious or tense

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