unbend(redirected from unbends)
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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.
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
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.
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"|
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.