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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The ribbon got twisted, and no one thought to straighten it out. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 Bend your elbows to lower your chest to the floor, then straighten them to do a push-up. SELF, "Jump and Lunge Cardio," 28 Apr. 2019 There was a lot to dust and straighten out after the long trip on dirt roads. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 Wall alignment breaks After a long spell hunched over a desk or a bed doing homework (or just lazing about on their phones), Doyle says this minute-long move is an effective way to remind the spine to straighten out. NBC News, "Worried about your kids hunching over their phones? These 3 exercises can help," 21 June 2019 After noticing that women were spending uncomfortable hours in beauty salons undergoing a hot-comb process for hair straightening, George Johnson modified it into Ultra Sheen, aimed at women. BostonGlobe.com, "The publicist Dori Wilson, who had known Mrs. Johnson for decades, announced her death.," 12 Sep. 2019 Epstein started managing Wexner’s money in the late 1980s and helped straighten out the finances for a real estate development backed by Wexner in a wealthy Columbus suburb. Washington Post, "L Brands chairman ‘embarrassed’ by former ties with Epstein," 10 Sep. 2019 After noticing that women were spending uncomfortable hours in beauty salons undergoing a hot-comb process for hair straightening, Mr. Johnson modified it into Ultra Sheen, aimed at women. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Joan Johnson, Whose Company Broke a Racial Barrier, Dies at 89," 10 Sep. 2019 But like many babies exposed to drugs, his muscles are tense, and his teachers massage him and straighten his arms and legs. Elizabeth Cohen And John Bonifield, CNN, "Babies exposed to drugs are kicked out of other daycares. They come here instead," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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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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