neaten

verb
neat·​en | \ ˈnē-tᵊn How to pronounce neaten (audio) \
neatened; neatening\ ˈnēt-​niŋ How to pronounce neaten (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House Quickly and Efficiently," 27 Jan. 2021 By the morning of the breakfast, the farm had been neatened. Julie Bosman, BostonGlobe.com, "The dairy breakfast: The most important meal of the year," 22 June 2019 By the morning of the breakfast, the farm had been neatened. Julie Bosman, BostonGlobe.com, "The dairy breakfast: The most important meal of the year," 22 June 2019 By the morning of the breakfast, the farm had been neatened. Julie Bosman, BostonGlobe.com, "The dairy breakfast: The most important meal of the year," 22 June 2019 By the morning of the breakfast, the farm had been neatened. Julie Bosman, BostonGlobe.com, "The dairy breakfast: The most important meal of the year," 22 June 2019 By the morning of the breakfast, the farm had been neatened. Julie Bosman, BostonGlobe.com, "The dairy breakfast: The most important meal of the year," 22 June 2019 By the morning of the breakfast, the farm had been neatened. Julie Bosman, BostonGlobe.com, "The dairy breakfast: The most important meal of the year," 22 June 2019 By the morning of the breakfast, the farm had been neatened. Julie Bosman, BostonGlobe.com, "The dairy breakfast: The most important meal of the year," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of neaten

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Feb 2021

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“Neaten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neaten. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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