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-tendo , di, tum, or sum, 3, v. a., release from tension, to unbend, slacken, relax (very rare; syn.: relaxo, resolvo).
I. Lit.: “lentos arcus,to unbend, Ov. M. 2, 419; Stat. S. 4, 4, 30; in the part. perf.: “arcus retentus,Ov. M. 3, 166: “arcus retensus,Phaedr. 3, 14, 5.— *
II. Trop.: ea quoque, quae sensu et animā carent, velut alternā quiete retenduntur, i. e. unbend, relax (shortly before, remissio), Quint. 1, 3, 8.
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