- to make or become straight in direction, form, position, character, conduct, condition, etc. (often followed by up or out).
Origin of straighten
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Examples from the Web for straightened
They also noted that somebody appeared to have straightened up the cabin.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
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When the “Cash for Clunkers” program was stalled, Zients straightened it out.Beware, Republicans: HealthCare.gov Will Rise Again
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He bent down and said something to her in Farsi and seemed fortified as he straightened to face the press.The Little Girl Who Welcomed Mossadegh to New York
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He straightened his back and swallowed hard, then walked to the podium.Obama and the State Department’s Challenge in Egypt
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He straightened up, as he prepared, somewhat proudly, to reveal his role in this dangerous, unseemly history.Exclusive: Baseball's Amped-Up Steroids Pioneer
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He straightened a little, and again looked at the stenographer.Within the Law
Under the gas chandelier, he straightened and threw out his arms.
Christine straightened from the tea-table she was arranging.
As she straightened her hair she looked at herself intently.
Katy shook off Linda's protecting arm and straightened suddenly.
- to make or become straight
- (tr) to make neat or tidystraighten your desk
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Word Origin and History for straightened
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