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straighten

[streyt-n] /ˈstreɪt n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become straight in direction, form, position, character, conduct, condition, etc. (often followed by up or out).
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; straight + -en1
Related forms
straightener, noun
overstraighten, verb
prestraighten, verb (used with object)
restraighten, verb
unstraightened, adjective
well-straightened, adjective
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  • There was enough to do besides, to straighten up things.
  • The strands straighten out when pulled, but they relax back to their tangled shape when the tension is released.
  • They thought that a low hum might straighten out those bent cochlear hairs.
  • The next step could be to remove road crossings and straighten some of the track.
  • To prevent floods he proposed cut-offs to straighten and speed the river.
  • Wear comfortable garments you won't have to tug at or straighten.
  • From the start, the round's chief ambition was to straighten out some of the kinks in agricultural trade.
  • He'd never listen to my advice as to how to straighten his finances.
  • Lying on your side, straighten your leg and raise it towards the ceiling.
  • He'd taken two days to straighten and harden the steel, six inches in the blade and four in the tang.
British Dictionary definitions for straighten

straighten

/ˈstreɪtən/
verb sometimes foll by up or out
1.
to make or become straight
2.
(transitive) to make neat or tidy: straighten your desk
Derived Forms
straightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for straighten
v.

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

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