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

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  • Under the gas chandelier, he straightened and threw out his arms.

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  • Christine straightened from the tea-table she was arranging.

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  • As she straightened her hair she looked at herself intently.

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  • Katy shook off Linda's protecting arm and straightened suddenly.

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British Dictionary definitions for straightened

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 straightened

straighten

v.

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

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