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straighten

[streyt-n]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. 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
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
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Related Words for straightened

rectify, uncoil, even, compose, level, align, tidy, correct, unravel, unfold, neaten, order, arrange, uncurl, unbend, untwist, unsnarl

Examples from the Web for straightened

Contemporary Examples of straightened

Historical Examples of straightened

  • He straightened a little, and again looked at the stenographer.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Under the gas chandelier, he straightened and threw out his arms.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Christine straightened from the tea-table she was arranging.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • As she straightened her hair she looked at herself intently.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Katy shook off Linda's protecting arm and straightened suddenly.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter


British Dictionary definitions for straightened

straighten

verb (sometimes foll by up or out)
  1. to make or become straight
  2. (tr) to make neat or tidystraighten your desk
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Derived Formsstraightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for straightened

straighten

v.

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

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