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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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 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," 16 Mar. 2017 This pruning is optional, and is done more to neaten things up than to benefit the plants., "Don't prune freeze-damaged plants just yet: 5 tips for recovering your garden," 6 Jan. 2018 Her short chapters ingeniously double back on themselves in much the same way a drawer of sweaters, neatened up by Kondo, are pleated and flattened to accordion-sharp perfection. Maureen Corrigan, The Denver Post, "New novel by “Girl on the Train” writer fails to thrill," 4 May 2017 Step 2: Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "There's Now A Quicker Way to Clean Your House," 16 Mar. 2017 Let the slices fall to your cutting board, and don’t be tempted to neaten them. Gabrielle Hamilton, New York Times, "On Your Way to Your New Year’s Self," 29 Dec. 2016 Plants grow a tremendous amount during an Alaska June and now is the time to neaten things up. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, "Don’t plant mayday trees. Don’t even let your existing ones remain.," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of neaten

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of neaten was in 1828

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English Language Learners Definition of neaten

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

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