unbend (third-person singular simple present unbends, present participle unbending, simple past and past participle unbent or (archaic) unbended)
- To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen.
- to unbend a bow
- To remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; to relax.
- to unbend the mind from study or care
- You do unbend your noble strength.
- To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use.
- To cast loose or untie, as a rope.
- To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
- To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.
- 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VI
- He spent the afternoon shaping a swagger-stick from the branch of jarrah and talking with Miss La Rue, who had sufficiently unbent toward him to notice his existence.