straighten

[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. straight-laced,
  2. straight-line,
  3. straight-out,
  4. straightaway,
  5. straightedge,
  6. straighten out,
  7. straighten up,
  8. straightforward,
  9. straightjacket,
  10. straightly

Origin of straighten

First recorded in 1535–45; straight + -en1

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for straighten

straighten

/ (ˈstreɪtən) /

verb (sometimes foll by up or out)

to make or become straight
(tr) to make neat or tidystraighten your desk
Derived Formsstraightener, noun

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Word Origin and History for straighten

straighten

v.

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

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