What is the opposite of bend?

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Opposite of to cause (something) to change its shape into a curve
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Opposite of to physically give way under force or pressure
“No clutch would last under the strain of starting a heavy train.”
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Opposite of to deviate, or cause to deviate, from a straight line
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Opposite of to physically bow or bend over
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Opposite of to attach or fasten together
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Opposite of to fold or bend something over, especially so that it comes in contact with itself
“Jack stopped on the thirty-ninth floor, spread the blueprints out on the floor, and studied it.”
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Opposite of form or cause to form the curved shape of an arch
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Opposite of to alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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Opposite of to bend or become bent
“Using round-nose pliers, unbend the wire handle ends inside the box and feed on large beads with large holes.”
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Opposite of to accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person
“The best way to do that is to make it plain that we and the other free countries will continue to resist the attack.”
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Opposite of bend or hang downwards limply
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Opposite of lean or turn away from a given plane or direction, especially the vertical or horizontal
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Opposite of to turn away from a straight course
Continue along this path and don't turn right until you reach the end.”
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Opposite of change direction suddenly
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(even) Opposite of to alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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(clarify) Opposite of to alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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Opposite of do something in such a way as to emphasize that one clearly regards it as below one's dignity or level of importance
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Opposite of to distort or damage the shape or form of
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Opposite of to change, develop, or move in a general direction
“Although the curve on this graph appears to deviate widely from the flat dotted line, the decibel scale tends to exaggerate the deviation in frequency response.”
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Opposite of to sit, lean, or fall heavily and limply
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Opposite of leap or spring while supporting or propelling oneself with one or both hands or with the help of a pole
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Opposite of to move or proceed in a given course or direction
“Turn to the right slowly, as the route will end rather prematurely after a few kilometers, and you will be at your destination.”
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Opposite of to diffuse, radiate or give off
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Opposite of to point in a direction
“His dexterity as an archer is well known, but the sight of his boy before him might unnerve his arm, and misdirect his aim.”
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Opposite of to describe or express in too exaggerated terms
“It is increasingly common for the rich to understate the value of gifts in order to avoid paying taxes on property passed on to heirs.”
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Opposite of to rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly
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Opposite of to diverge or deviate from a given point
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Opposite of to fit by alteration
“The ancient tribe largely keep to themselves and avoid contact with the modern world to preserve their way of life.”
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Opposite of to distort or influence in a negative way
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Opposite of a curve or deviation from a straight line or path
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Opposite of a shape produced by a curve that bends around and crosses itself, or something in this shape
“Our art teacher challenged us to draw a straight line without using a ruler.”
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Opposite of a curve or bend from a straight path
“The eighth and ninth trials usually show a straightening of the curved path.”
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Opposite of a contortion or deformation, or the act of causing one
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Opposite of a downward or declining slope or surface
“The bicyclist braced himself for a hard slog upon encountering an unexpectedly steep incline.”
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