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English verb: unbend

1. unbend (motion) straighten up or out; make straight


Synonymsstraighten


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change posture


Antonymsbend, flex

2. unbend (contact) unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)unfasten

3. unbend (contact) free from flexure


SamplesUnbend a bow.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)straighten, straighten out


Antonymstwist, bend, deform, flex, turn

4. unbend (change) make less taut


SamplesRelax the tension on the rope.


Synonymsrelax


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)loose, loosen


Narrower (hyponym)unbrace

5. unbend (body) become less tense, rest, or take one's ease


SamplesHe relaxed in the hot tub.
Let's all relax after a hard day's work.


ExamplesSam and Sue unbend


Synonymsdecompress, loosen up, relax, slow down, unwind


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)sit back, take it easy, vege out, vegetate


Antonymstense up, tense

6. unbend (body) release from mental strain, tension, or formality


SamplesUnbend the mind from absorbing too much information.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)loosen up, make relaxed, relax, unlax, unstrain, unwind









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