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v. un·bent (-bĕnt′), un·bend·ing, un·bends
1. To release from mental tension, strain, or formality; relax.
2. To release (a bow, for example) from flexure or tension.
3. Nautical To untie or loosen (a rope or sail).
4. To straighten (something crooked or bent): unbend a paper clip.
1. To become less tense; relax.
2. To become less strict.
3. To become straight.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
vb, -bends, -bending or -bent
1. to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
2. informal to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
3. to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
4. (Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical
a. to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
b. to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
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v. -bent, -bend•ing. v.t.
1. to straighten from a bent form or position.
2. to ease from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax.
3. to release from tension, as a bow.
a. to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
b. to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
5. to act in an easy, genial manner.
6. to become unbent; straighten.
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Past participle: unbent
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|Verb||1.||unbend - straighten up or out; make straight|
change posture - undergo a change in bodily posture
|2.||unbend - unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay|
unfasten - cause to become undone; "unfasten your belt"
|3.||unbend - free from flexure; "unbend a bow"|
|4.||unbend - make less taut; "relax the tension on the rope"|
unbrace - remove from tension
|5.||unbend - become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"|
vege out, vegetate - engage in passive relaxation; "After a hard day's work, I vegetate in front of the television"
|6.||unbend - release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend the mind from absorbing too much information"|
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1. relax, loosen up, lighten up (slang), unwind, chill out (slang, chiefly U.S.), let up, take it easy, slacken, cool it (slang), unbutton (informal), ease up, let it all hang out (slang), let yourself go, become informal In her dying days, the old Queen unbent a little.
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
unbend[ʌnˈbɛnd] [unbent] [ʌnˈbɛnt] (pt, pp)
vi (= relax) [person] → se détendre
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
unbendpret, ptp <unbent>
vt (= straighten) metal etc → gerade biegen; arms → strecken; unbend your body → richten Sie sich auf; (lying down) → legen Sie sich ausgestreckt hin
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
unbend[ʌnˈbɛnd] (unbent (pt, pp)) [ˌʌnˈbɛnt]
1. vt (pipe, wire) → raddrizzare
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