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Straighten definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. To make straight; to reduce from a crooked to a straight form.
2. To make narrow, tense or close; to tighten.
3. To reduce to difficulties or distress.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: straighten up or out; make straight [syn: straighten, unbend] [ant: bend, flex]
2: make straight [syn: straighten, straighten out]
3: get up from a sitting or slouching position; "The students straightened when the teacher entered"
4: put (things or places) in order; "Tidy up your room!" [syn: tidy, tidy up, clean up, neaten, straighten, straighten out, square away]
5: straighten by unrolling; "roll out the big map" [syn: roll out, straighten]
6: make straight or straighter; "Straighten this post"; "straighten hair"

Merriam Webster's

verb (straightened; straightening) Date: 1542 transitive verb to make straight usually used with up or out intransitive verb to become straight usually used with up or out straightener noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. & intr. 1 (often foll. by out) make or become straight. 2 (foll. by up) stand erect after bending. Derivatives: straightener n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Straighten Straight"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Straighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Straighting.] 1. To make straight; to reduce from a crooked to a straight form. 2. To make right or correct; to reduce to order; as, to straighten one's affairs; to straighten an account. To straighten one's face, to cease laughing or smiling, etc., and compose one's features.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Straighten Straight"en, v. t. A variant of Straiten. [Obs. or R.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(straightens, straightening, straightened) 1. If you straighten something, you make it tidy or put it in its proper position. She sipped her coffee and straightened a picture on the wall. ...tidying, straightening cushions and organising magazines. VERB: V n, V n 2. If you are standing in a relaxed or slightly bent position and then you straighten, you make your back or body straight and upright. The three men straightened and stood waiting. VERB: V Straighten up means the same as straighten. He straightened up and slipped his hands in his pockets. PHRASAL VERB: V P 3. If you straighten something, or it straightens, it becomes straight. Straighten both legs until they are fully extended... The road straightened and we were on a plateau. VERB: V n, V Straighten out means the same as straighten. No one would dream of straightening out the knobbly spire at Empingham Church... The road twisted its way up the mountain then straightened out for the last two hundred yards. PHRASAL VERB: V P n (not pron), V P

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Make straight.

Moby Thesaurus

adjust, arrange, clean up, clear up, correct, disentangle, neaten, organize, put in order, rearrange, rectify, reform, rehabilitate, reorganize, resolve, settle, sort out, spruce up, straighten out, tidy up, uncurl, unkink, unravel, unsnarl, untangle


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