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Definition of "unbend" []

  • To release from mental tension, strain, or formality; relax. (verb-transitive)
  • To release (a bow, for example) from flexure or tension. (verb-transitive)
  • Nautical To untie or loosen (a rope or sail). (verb-transitive)
  • To straighten (something crooked or bent): unbend a paper clip. (verb-transitive)
  • To become less tense; relax. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unbend" in a sentence
  • "They call me Goddess, Angel, and court me with dainties fit for queens 'tables and farfetched wines such as unbend the soul from cares."
  • "So badly did his misused body stiffen, that when he was called it required another ten minutes and a second glass of whisky to unbend his joints and limber up the muscles."
  • "When I took the steering-oar I had first to unbend her cramped fingers."