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straighten

[streyt-n] /ˈstreɪt n/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become straight in direction, form, position, character, conduct, condition, etc. (often followed by up or out).
Origin of straighten
1535-1545
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
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Examples from the Web for straighten
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  • You've got to get some sleep: that's the only way for you to straighten up.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • It bent him low, and it was only with a great effort that he was able to straighten again.

    The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore
  • Before I could straighten him out a second and more awful idea hit him.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • I had to climb into the cockpit and straighten out the mess.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I'll have to run over there myself in a day or two and straighten it out.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for straighten

straighten

/ˈstreɪtən/
verb sometimes foll by up or out
1.
to make or become straight
2.
(transitive) to make neat or tidy: straighten your desk
Derived Forms
straightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for straighten
v.

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

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