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[streyt-n] /ˈstreɪt n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become straight in direction, form, position, character, conduct, condition, etc. (often followed by up or out).
Origin of straighten
1535-45; straight + -en1
Related forms
straightener, noun
overstraighten, verb
prestraighten, verb (used with object)
restraighten, verb
unstraightened, adjective
well-straightened, adjective Unabridged
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  • The copper tubing is straightened, put through the length of the pipe, with the end bent down near the bottom of the bucket.
  • However, he straightened his legs in such fashion that it came to the ground without a jar.
  • Joseph straightened his shoulders, but as they approached the cliff, he felt his stomach kink.
  • He curled his hands around the bar and then uncurled them and straightened up.
  • The snow snakes writhing across the asphalt straightened into rods.
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  • Her curly hair has been straightened and highlighted, and her features have been altered.
  • The fussy bows gradually disappeared, the teeth were straightened, the hair was made more elegant.
  • Johannes straightened out the family finances and reorganized the management of the operation.
  • However, not every building's shortcomings can be straightened out with sheetrock or covered up by a fresh coat of paint.
British Dictionary definitions for straightened


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



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

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