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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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  • 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.
  • All lines were straightened, so that the map consists entirely of horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines.
  • 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

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 straightened

straighten

v.

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

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