unbend ‎(third-person singular simple present unbends, present participle unbending, simple past and past participle unbent or (archaic) unbended)

  1. To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen.
    to unbend a bow
  2. 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
    • Shakespeare
      You do unbend your noble strength.
  3. To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use.
  4. To cast loose or untie, as a rope.
  5. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
  6. 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.


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