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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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British Dictionary definitions for straighten out

straighten out

verb (adverb)
1.
to make or become less complicated or confused: the situation will straighten out
2.
(US & Canadian) to reform or become reformed

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 out

straighten

v.

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

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Idioms and Phrases with straighten out

straighten out

.
Clear up disorder, a confusion, or a misunderstanding, as in This is an awful mess; I hope you'll straighten it out, or I don't understand; please straighten me out. [ Late 1800s ]
.
Adopt an honest, upright course, as in He's only sixteen; I'm sure he'll straighten out before long. [ First half of 1900s ]
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