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straighten
American English: /ˈstreɪtn/
British English: /ˈstreɪt(ə)n/

Translation of straighten in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (make straight)
    (nail/wire)
    enderezar
    (hair)
    alisar
    estirar
    (bedclothes/tablecloth)
    estirar
    (picture)
    enderezar
    poner derecho
    he straightened his tie
    se enderezó la corbata
    that hem needs straightening
    hay que igualar or redondear ese dobladillo
    I've had my teeth straightened
    me he hecho enderezar los dientes
    straighten your back
    ponte derecho
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (tidy)
    (room/papers)
    arreglar
    ordenar

intransitive verb

Phrasal verbs

straighten out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (make straight)
(nail/wire)
enderezar
poner derecho
(bedclothes/tablecloth)
estirar
1.2 (sort out, settle)
(confusion/misunderstanding)
aclarar
(problem)
resolver
arreglar
this affair could well straighten itself out
es muy probable que este asunto se arregle solo
1.3 [colloquial] (person)my colleagues straightened me out
mis compañeros me lo aclararon or explicaron todo
he's going to a therapist to try and straighten himself out
se está haciendo una terapia para ver si resuelve sus problemas
I'll soon straighten out those bullies!
¡ya los voy a arreglar a esos bravucones!
2verb + adverb
(road/river)
hacerse recto
(hair)
alisarse
ponerse lacio

straighten up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (make straight)
(picture)
enderezar
poner derecho
he straightened up his tie
se enderezó la corbata
straighten up your shoulders!
¡ponte derecho!
1.2 (tidy)
(room/papers)
ordenar
arreglar
I'd better straighten myself up a bit
más vale que me arregle un poco
to straighten up and fly right (American English)
enmendarse y seguir por el buen camino
2verb + adverb 2.1 (stand up straight)
(person)
ponerse derecho
enderezarse
(plant)
enderezarse
2.2 (tidy up)

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