See more synonyms for straighten on Thesaurus.com 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
Related formsstraight·en·er, nouno·ver·straight·en, verbpre·straight·en, verb (used with object)re·straight·en, verbun·straight·ened, adjectivewell-straight·ened, adjective
First recorded in 1535–45; straight
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Related Words for straighten outpassionately
British Dictionary definitions for straighten out
- to make or become less complicated or confusedthe situation will straighten out
- US and Canadian to reform or become reformed
Derived Formsstraightener, noun verb (sometimes foll by up or out)
- to make or become straight
- (tr) to make neat or tidystraighten your desk
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Word Origin and History for straighten out
1540s, from straight + -en (1). Related: Straightened; straightening.
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Idioms and Phrases with straighten out
Clear up disorder, a confusion, or a misunderstanding, as in This is an awful mess; I hope you'll straighten it out, or I don't understand; please straighten me out. [Late 1800s]
Adopt an honest, upright course, as in He's only sixteen; I'm sure he'll straighten out before long. [First half of 1900s]
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