neaten

verb
neat·​en | \ ˈnē-tᵊn \
neatened; neatening\ ˈnēt-​niŋ , ˈnē-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of neaten

transitive verb

1 : to set in order : make neat
2 : to finish (something, such as a piece of sewing) carefully

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Examples of neaten in a Sentence

I am trying to neaten my desk. neatened the living room in anticipation of company

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Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House More Efficiently," 10 Mar. 2018 Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House More Efficiently," 10 Mar. 2018 Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House More Efficiently," 10 Mar. 2018 Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House More Efficiently," 10 Mar. 2018 Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House More Efficiently," 10 Mar. 2018 Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House More Efficiently," 10 Mar. 2018 Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House More Efficiently," 10 Mar. 2018 When the grout has hardened slightly, use a grout shaper or your finger to neaten up the joints. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of neaten

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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neaten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of neaten

: to make (something) orderly or neat : to clean up (something)

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