un·​clench | \ˌən-ˈklench \
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Zayn instantly appears relieved, his shoulders unclenching and his brow de-furrowing. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018 The accident left him paralyzed below the waist, and unable to unclench his hands. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Nearly 20 years after fall, steeplechase thoroughbred owner Irv Naylor lifted by passion for horses," 13 Apr. 2018 Now Cousins was the richest player in NFL history and McCartney could finally unclench. Peter King, SI.com, "Inside Kirk Cousins’ Fast Free Agency: Parental Jerseys, Silent Auctions and a Match Made in Minnesota," 19 Mar. 2018 The full slate of games ahead of them allows Rivers and Gates to unclench and breathe. Sam Farmer, sandiegouniontribune.com, "History must wait for Chargers' Gates," 11 Sep. 2017 Proper pelvic floor exercises involve clenching and unclenching, and wearing a jade egg will keep your muscles clenched, which could damage them over time. Suzannah Weiss, SELF, "7 Vaginal Products and Treatments You Just Don't Need," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unclench

1647, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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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