See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with or without object)Related formsstraight·en·er, nouno·ver·straight·en, verbpre·straight·en, verb (used with object)re·straight·en, verbun·straight·ened, adjectivewell-straight·ened, adjective
- to make or become straight in direction, form, position, character, conduct, condition, etc. (often followed by up or out).
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British Dictionary definitions for straighten out
- to make or become less complicated or confusedthe situation will straighten out
- US and Canadian to reform or become reformed
verb (sometimes foll by up or out)Derived Formsstraightener, noun
- to make or become straight
- (tr) to make neat or tidystraighten your desk
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Word Origin and History for straighten out
1540s, from straight + -en (1). Related: Straightened; straightening.
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Idioms and Phrases with straighten out
Clear up disorder, a confusion, or a misunderstanding, as in This is an awful mess; I hope you'll straighten it out, or I don't understand; please straighten me out. [Late 1800s]
Adopt an honest, upright course, as in He's only sixteen; I'm sure he'll straighten out before long. [First half of 1900s]
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