[ 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).
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straight·en·er, nouno·ver·straight·en, verbpre·straight·en, verb (used with object)re·straight·en, verb
un·straight·ened, adjectivewell-straight·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for straighten up (1 of 2)
to become or cause to become erect
mainly US to reform or become reformed
British Dictionary definitions for straighten up (2 of 2)
/ (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 up
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Idioms and Phrases with straighten up
Make tidy, as in Let's get this room straightened up. [Second half of 1800s]
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