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Meaning of UNBEND

Pronunciation:  un'bend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend the mind from absorbing too much information"
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  make less tight; "relax the tension on the rope"
  4. [v]  free from flexure, as of a bow
  5. [v]  unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay
  6. [v]  straighten up or out; make straight

UNBEND is a 6 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: decompress, relax, slow down, straighten
 Antonyms: bend, bend, deform, flex, tense, tense up, turn, twist
 See Also: change posture, change state, loose, loosen, loosen up, make relaxed, relax, sit back, straighten, straighten out, take it easy, turn, unbrace, unfasten, unlax, unstrain, unwind, vege out, vegetate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Un*bend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Unbent}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Unbending}.] [1st pref. un- + bend.]
    1. To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become,
       straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow.
    2. A remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for
       a time; to relax; as, to unbend the mind from study or
             You do unbend your noble strength.    --Shak.
    3. (Naut.)
       (a) To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to
           which they are attached for use.
       (b) To cast loose or untie, as a rope.
  2. \Un*bend"\, v. i.
    1. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
    2. To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like;
       hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.