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neaten

[neet-n] /ˈnit n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make neat:
a day spent neatening the kitchen shelves.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; neat1 + -en1
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  • After bloom is over, thin and neaten plants by cutting older, tattered stems to the ground.
  • Trim all around cake with a long sharp knife to neaten edges.
British Dictionary definitions for neaten

neaten

/ˈniːtən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make neat; tidy
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Word Origin and History for neaten
v.

1898, from neat (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Neatened; neatening.

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