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[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
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  • He straightened a little, and again looked at the stenographer.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Under the gas chandelier, he straightened and threw out his arms.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Christine straightened from the tea-table she was arranging.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • As she straightened her hair she looked at herself intently.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Katy shook off Linda's protecting arm and straightened suddenly.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for straightened


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
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Word Origin and History for straightened



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

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