neaten

verb neat·en \ ˈnē-tᵊn \

Definition of neaten

neatened; neatening play \ˈnēt-niŋ, ˈnē-tᵊn-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to set in order :make neat
2 :to finish (something, such as a piece of sewing) carefully

Examples of neaten in a Sentence

  1. I am trying to neaten my desk.

  2. neatened the living room in anticipation of company

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First Known Use of neaten

1828

neaten Synonyms

Synonyms
pick up, redd (up or out) [chiefly dialect], spruce (up), straighten (up or out), tidy (up), trim
Related Words
arrange, array, classify, codify, dispose, draw up, marshal (also marshall), order, organize, range, systematize
Near Antonyms
disarrange, disarray, discompose, dishevel, disorder, disorganize, disrupt, disturb, jumble, mess (up), mix (up), muddle, muss, rumple, scramble, shuffle, tousle, tumble, upset

NEATEN Defined for English Language Learners

neaten

verb

Definition of neaten for English Language Learners

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



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