Pronunciation: (un-bend'),[key] —v.,-bent or (Archaic)-bend•ed, -bend•ing.
—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 tension, as a bow.
4. Naut. a. to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
b. to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
—v.i. 1. to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner: Imagine him unbending! 2. to become unbent; straighten.