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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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  • Alan stopped and put his hands on his hips, straightened his head out on his neck so that he was standing tall.

  • He straightened a little, and again looked at the stenographer.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Dr. Bird dropped the films in a fixing tank and straightened up.

  • Under the gas chandelier, he straightened and threw out his arms.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "My people are all across, Mr. Wingate," he said, and the last of your wagons will be over by dark and straightened out.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
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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