Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[streyt-n] /ˈstreɪt n/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become straight in direction, form, position, character, conduct, condition, etc. (often followed by up or out).
Origin of straighten
First recorded in 1535-45; straight + -en1
Related forms
straightener, noun
overstraighten, verb
prestraighten, verb (used with object)
restraighten, verb
unstraightened, adjective
well-straightened, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for straighten
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • And if I straighten things out that way nobody'll get left, see?

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • You were assigned to straighten out that man, Sornal, weren't you?

    Alarm Clock Everett B. Cole
  • “Matters will straighten out as soon as you see your wife,” Penny declared.

    Whispering Walls Mildred A. Wirt
  • Fatten her up, straighten her teeth and—Talk about religious rationalization!

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Things always do straighten themselves out, I suppose—for those who know how to wait.

    The Halo Bettina von Hutten
British Dictionary definitions for straighten


verb sometimes foll by up or out
to make or become straight
(transitive) to make neat or tidy: straighten your desk
Derived Forms
straightener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for straighten

1540s, from straight + -en (1). Related: Straightened; straightening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for straighten

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for straighten

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for straighten