transitive verb-·bent′ or -·bend′ed, -·bend′ing
- to release from strain or tension: the archer unbent his bow
- to relax (the mind) from strain or effort
- to straighten (something bent or crooked)
- to unfasten (a sail) from a spar or stay
- to untie (a rope)
Origin of unbendMiddle English unbenden: see un- and bend
- to become straight or less bent
- to become free from constraint, stiffness, or severity; relax and be less formal, more natural, etc.
verbun·bent, un·bend·ing, un·bends
- To release from mental tension, strain, or formality; relax.
- To release (a bow, for example) from flexure or tension.
- Nautical To untie or loosen (a rope or sail).
- To straighten (something crooked or bent): unbend a paper clip.
- To become less tense; relax.
- To become less strict.
- To become straight.
(third-person singular simple present unbends, present participle unbending, simple past and past participle unbent)
- To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen.
- to unbend a bow
- To remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; to relax.
- to unbend the mind from study or care
- To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use.
- To cast loose or untie, as a rope.
- To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
- To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.