AskDefine | Define unbend

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1 straighten up or out; make straight [syn: straighten] [ant: bend]
2 unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay
3 free from flexure; "unbend a bow" [ant: flex]
4 make less tight; "relax the tension on the rope" [syn: relax]
5 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" [syn: relax, loosen up, unwind, decompress, slow down] [ant: tense]
6 release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend the mind from absorbing too much information" [also: unbent]

User Contributed Dictionary




to unbend
  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 care.
  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.


  • French: redresser ; se détendre

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abate, bate, bend, disentangle, ease, ease off, ease up, extend, flatten, give, give way, let down, let up, let up on, loose, loosen, loosen up, mitigate, put straight, rectify, relax, relent, remit, set straight, sit up, slack, slack off, slack up, slacken, slake, slow down, smooth, stand up, straighten, straighten out, straighten up, submit, unbrace, uncurl, unkink, unlax, unsnarl, unstrain, unstring, unwind, yield
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