Definition of straighten in English:

straighten

Syllabification: straight·en
Pronunciation: /ˈstrātn
 
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verb

  • 1Make or become straight: [with object]: she helped him straighten his tie [no object]: where the river straightened he took his chance to check the barometer
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    • He straightened his tie, adjusted the suit coat fractionally, and marched back toward the elevators.
    • The mine company straightened the river, which used to run right through the park.
    • After the road straightens, look for a spacious car park on the left.
    Synonyms
    make straight, adjust, arrange, rearrange, (make) tidy, spruce up
  • 1.1 [with object] Make tidy or put in order again: he sat down at his desk, straightening his things that Lee had moved they are asking for help in straightening out their lives
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    • He has to travel to Bangalore at least once, in order to straighten things out and get his money.
    • I waited until he had gone around the corner before I sat down in his chair and proceeded to organize his desk a little, straightening out a pile of papers here, wiping away a crumb there.
    • He had joined the company as a high-tech troubleshooter, an expert in straightening out these sorts of kinks.
    Synonyms
    put/set right, sort out, clear up, settle, resolve, put in order, regularize, rectify, remedy
    informal patch up
  • 1.2 [no object] Stand or sit erect after bending: he straightened up, using the bedside table for support
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    • He straightens and stands oddly for a moment, staring blankly at the man crossing the underground parking lot twenty paces away.
    • I straightened, stretched and yawned, glancing idly about me, a man awakening from a romantic reverie.
    • Nathaniel stopped right in front of Emily, bent down, and kissed her hand lightly before straightening.
    Synonyms
    stand up (straight), stand upright
  • 1.3 [no object] (straighten up) (Of a vehicle, ship, or aircraft) stop turning and move in a straight line.
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    • Aircraft were warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
    • As soon as he straightened up, he cranked the throttle right back and wheelied away up Shortwood!
    • If I attempt to straighten up, I'm going find myself running out of a flat surface to do it on.

Derivatives

straightener

noun
More example sentences
  • Beauty isn't about pageants and hair straighteners.
  • Great managers are enlargers and enhancers, not punishers and straighteners.
  • The schoolmistress, known only as Miss Roberts, maintained discipline with a number of techniques no longer taught at teacher training college, including a cane and a wooden back straightener.

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