neaten

verb
neat·​en | \ ˈnē-tᵊn How to pronounce neaten (audio) \
neatened; neatening\ ˈnēt-​niŋ How to pronounce neatening (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 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 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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The first known use of neaten was in 1828

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3 Oct 2019

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“Neaten.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neatens. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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neaten

verb
How to pronounce neaten (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of neaten

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

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