straighten

verb

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

transitive verb

: to make straight
usually used with up or out

intransitive verb

: to become straight
usually used with up or out
straightener
ˈstrāt-nər How to pronounce straighten (audio)
ˈstrā-tᵊn-ər
noun

Examples of straighten in a Sentence

He straightened the bent antenna. The drooping flowers straightened in the rain.
Recent Examples on the Web Reapply as necessary based on hair density, and adjust the amount according to straightening needs and hair texture type. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 15 June 2024 Wearing her dark tresses straightened, Hayek’s makeup featured a bold red lip. Hannah Malach, WWD, 3 Sep. 2019 For the sleeker princess bob, go in with a straightening iron to create a smooth look, rounding the edges but still keeping the volume through the roots. Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Vogue, 14 June 2024 However, here is a general guide on how to administer ear medication to dogs, according to VCA Animal Hospitals: Grab your dog's ear to expose and straighten the canal. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for straighten 

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of straighten was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Straighten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straighten. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

straighten

verb
straight·​en ˈstrāt-ᵊn How to pronounce straighten (audio)
straightened; straightening ˈstrāt-niŋ How to pronounce straighten (audio)
-ᵊn-iŋ
: to make or become straight
usually used with up or out
straighten up a room
straightened out the problem
straightener
ˈstrāt-nər How to pronounce straighten (audio)
-ᵊn-ər
noun

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