verb straight·en \ˈstrā-tən\
: to make (something) straight or to become straight
: to make (something) organized or tidy : to put (something) in order
straight·enedstraight·en·ing \ˈstrāt-niŋ, ˈstrā-tən-iŋ\
: to make straight —usually used with up or out
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Examples of STRAIGHTEN
- He straightened the bent antenna.
- The drooping flowers straightened in the rain.
First Known Use of STRAIGHTEN
: to make or become straight <The road straightened out.>
: to put in order <Please straighten up the room.>
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