Unbend

  • 1 Unbend — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A remit from a strain or from exertion; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Unbend — Un*bend , v. i. 1. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed. [1913 Webster] 2. To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 unbend — index condescend (deign), relent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 unbend — (v.) to relax a bow by unstringing it, mid 13c., from UN (Cf. un ) (2) + BEND (Cf. bend) (v.). Figurative meaning to become genial, relax (1748) has a sense opposite to that of unbending inflexible, obstinate (1680s), which does not derive from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 unbend — [un bend′] vt. unbent or unbended, unbending [ME unbenden: see UN & BEND1] 1. to release (a bow, etc.) from strain or tension 2. to relax (the mind) from strain or effort 3. to straighten (something bent or crooked) …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 unbend — verb a) To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow. He spent the afternoon shaping a swagger stick from the branch of jarrah and talking with Miss La Rue, who had sufficiently unbent toward him to… …

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  • 7 unbend — UK [ʌnˈbend] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms unbend : present tense I/you/we/they unbend he/she/it unbends present participle unbending past tense unbent UK [ʌnˈbent] / US past participle unbent to become more relaxed and less strict or… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 unbend — verb (unbent; bending) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to free from flexure ; make or allow to become straight < unbend a bow > 2. to cause (as the mind) to relax 3. a. to unfasten (as a sail) from a spar or stay b …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 unbend — unbendable, adj. /un bend /, v., unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending. v.t. 1. to straighten from a bent form or position. 2. to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax: to unbend one s mind. 3. to release from… …

    Universalium

  • 10 unbend — verb 1 (I, T) to become straight or make something straight 2 (I) to relax and start behaving in a less formal way: She d be a lot more likeable if she d unbend a little …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 unbend — v. (past and past part. unbent) 1 tr. & intr. change from a bent position; straighten. 2 intr. relax from strain or severity; become affable (likes to unbend with a glass of beer). 3 tr. Naut. a unfasten (sails) from yards and stays. b cast (a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 12 unbend — Synonyms 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… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 unbend — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. become more natural, become more casual, be informal, be at home, relax, let one s hair down; see also rest 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To take repose by ceasing work or other effort for an interval of time: relax,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 unbend — un|bend [ʌnˈbend] v past tense and past participle unbent [ ˈbent] [I] to relax and start behaving in a less formal way …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 unbend — un|bend [ ʌn bend ] (past tense and past participle un|bent [ ʌn bent ] ) verb intransitive to become more relaxed and less strict or serious …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 unbend — [[t]ʌ̱nbe̱nd[/t]] unbends, unbending, unbent VERB If someone unbends, their attitude becomes less strict than it was. In her dying days the old Queen unbent a little …

    English dictionary

  • 17 unbend — un bend || ‚ʌn bend v. cause to not be bent; cease being bent; release from tension, loosen, unfasten; straighten; become straight …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 unbend — verb (past and past participle unbent) 1》 straighten. 2》 become less reserved, formal, or strict. 3》 Sailing unfasten (sails) from yards and stays.     ↘untie (a rope) or cast (a cable) loose …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 unbend — v. a. 1. Straighten, make straight. 2. Relax, slacken, remit, recreate, take recreation, be diverted, be amused. 3. (Naut.) Unfasten, untie. 4. (Naut.) Cast loose, untie …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 unbend — v 1. relax, loosen, loose, slacken, untight en, relieve tension, Obs. slake; let go of, release, free, liberate; ease up, ease off, Inf. let up, slack off or up, Inf. let up on. 2. straighten, uncurl, uncoil, unkink; unsnarl, untangle,… …

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