straighten

verb
straight·​en | \ ˈstrā-tᵊn How to pronounce straighten (audio) \
straightened; straightening\ ˈstrāt-​niŋ How to pronounce straightening (audio) , ˈstrā-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of straighten

transitive verb

: to make straight usually used with up or out

intransitive verb

: to become straight usually used with up or out

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Other Words from straighten

straightener \ ˈstrāt-​nər How to pronounce straightener (audio) , ˈstrā-​tᵊn-​ər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for straighten

Synonyms

unbend, uncurl, unkink

Antonyms

bend, crook, curl, curve

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Examples of straighten in a Sentence

He straightened the bent antenna. The drooping flowers straightened in the rain.

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Recently, Rowland's been straightening her hair less and less, and embracing texture. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Kelly Rowland's New Music Video Shatters Beauty Standards," 6 Feb. 2019 Then there’s the Soft smoothing brush to add volume to fine hair, and a Firm smoothing brush to straighten frizzy, curly hair. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The $500 Dyson Airwrap styler vacuums up wet hair to curl it," 10 Oct. 2018 The daughter of two British ex-pats—a former modern dancer and an electrician at MGM—Verdon developed rickets as a child, forcing her to wear corrective boots and braces to straighten her legs. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 2019 Push through the palms of your hands to straighten your arms. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here's What Functional Training Is and Why It's Important," 7 Mar. 2019 Hines-Allen straightened up, hooked her thumbs into her No. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Myisha Hines-Allen ends memorable Louisville career with bittersweet Final Four epilogue," 31 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, North looks equally stylish in a beige tulle dress, gold sandals, a little jewel necklace, and straightened hair. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Directed a Photoshoot with Kim Kardashian and It's Obviously Perfect," 18 Dec. 2018 Value: bkr Paris Water Balm, $22 Noah Centineo Tries 9 Things He's Never Done Before Noah Centineo tries nine things he's never done before, from braiding a fan's hair and making a pizza, to doing an Elvis impersonation and straightening his hair. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "The October 2018 Allure Beauty Box," 1 Oct. 2018 Upon hearing the whistle, Ching straightened up and pointed skyward in a display of unquestionable jubilation. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot Wrestling Dream Team: Edison’s Elijah Palacio excelled in new home," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of straighten

1542, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of straighten was in 1542

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More Definitions for straighten

straighten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of straighten

: to make (something) straight or to become straight
: to make (something) organized or tidy : to put (something) in order

straighten

verb
straight·​en | \ ˈstrā-tᵊn How to pronounce straighten (audio) \
straightened; straightening

Kids Definition of straighten

1 : to make or become straight The road straightened out.
2 : to put in order Please straighten up the room.

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