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straighten

[ streyt-n ]
/ ˈstreɪt n /
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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).

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Origin of straighten

First recorded in 1535–45; straight + -en1

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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 forms of straighten

straightener, noun
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