Definition of unbend in English:


Syllabification: un·bend
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈbend

verb (past and past participle unbent)

  • 1Make or become straight from a bent or twisted form or position: [with object]: I had trouble unbending my cramped knees [no object]: he unbent from the cockpit as she passed
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    • As his knees unbend, his right hand follows through toward the target.
    • He unbent the metal he'd twisted around the bars to hold the cell shut and tossed it aside, opening the door to my prison.
    • He unbends his skinny frame from a nylon hammock and gives me a handshake more bone than flesh.
  • 1.1 [no object] Become less reserved, formal, or strict: you could be fun too, you know, if you’d only unbend a little
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    • Ben Kingsley is superb as the man who lives for honour and his family but is too proud to unbend when trouble and culture dislocation strike.
    • Later, she unbends a bit; unlike Kitty, men don't leave her, ‘but they all go prematurely grey.’
    • Ian Bostridge's Jupiter gradually unbends to deliver the sweetest soft legato, Patricia Bardon's Juno is hilariously fiery as the queenly betrayed wife, and Janis Kelly camps Iris up something terrible.
  • 2 [with object] Sailing Unfasten (sails) from yards or stays.
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    • At daylight, we were driven down to the marine to unbend the sails and do other necessary work on the Cruisers that had captured us.
  • 2.1Untie or cast loose (a rope or cable).
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    • Haste is made to unbend the cable; line after line is let go until we are held by one alone.

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