un·​clench | \ ˌən-ˈklench How to pronounce unclench (audio) \
unclenched; unclenching; unclenches

Definition of unclench

transitive verb

1 : to open from a clenched position
2 : to release from a grip

intransitive verb

: to become unclasped or relaxed

Examples of unclench in a Sentence

He unclenched his jaw and took deep breaths. I could feel my jaw unclenching as the pain subsided.
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First Known Use of unclench

1647, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Unclench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclench. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unclench

: to move (something) out of a tightly closed position and make it less tense

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