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 for unbend
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Unbend \Un*bend"\ ([u^]n*b[e^]nd"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Unbent
     ([u^]n*b[e^]nt"); p. pr. & vb. n. Unbending.] [1st pref.
     un- + bend.]
     1. To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become,
        straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow.
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     2. A remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for
        a time; to relax; as, to unbend the mind from study or
        care.
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              You do unbend your noble strength.    --Shak.
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     3. (Naut.)
        (a) To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to
            which they are attached for use.
        (b) To cast loose or untie, as a rope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Unbend \Un*bend"\, v. i.
     1. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
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     2. To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like;
        hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  unbend
      v 1: straighten up or out; make straight [syn: straighten,
           unbend] [ant: bend, flex]
      2: unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay
      3: free from flexure; "unbend a bow" [ant: bend, deform,
         flex, turn, twist]
      4: make less taut; "relax the tension on the rope" [syn:
         relax, unbend]
      5: become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in
         the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work" [syn:
         relax, loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow
         down] [ant: tense, tense up]
      6: release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend
         the mind from absorbing too much information"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "unbend":
     abate, bate, bend, disentangle, ease, ease off, ease up, extend,
     flatten, give, give way, let down, let up, let up on, loose,
     loosen, loosen up, mitigate, put straight, rectify, relax, relent,
     remit, set straight, sit up, slack, slack off, slack up, slacken,
     slake, slow down, smooth, stand up, straighten, straighten out,
     straighten up, submit, unbrace, uncurl, unkink, unlax, unsnarl,
     unstrain, unstring, unwind, yield
  
  

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