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English verb: unbend

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


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.


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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