neat·​en ˈnē-tᵊn How to pronounce neaten (audio)
neatened; neatening ˈnēt-niŋ How to pronounce neaten (audio)

transitive verb

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of neaten was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Neaten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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