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

Other Words from straighten

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

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Examples of straighten in a Sentence

He straightened the bent antenna. The drooping flowers straightened in the rain.
Recent Examples on the Web Though Keith didn’t address the mix-up, fellow followers tried to straighten out the facts. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 After being named the winners, SZA walked up to the stage by herself on crutches (with a lending hand from Lady Gaga, who made sure to straighten out her vintage Jean Paul Gaultier train). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Apr. 2022 Place right hand on the ground to straighten elbow, followed by the left hand to get back into a high plank. Tiffany Ayuda,, 2 Feb. 2022 In the 1950s, wax paper became a hot ticket item when it was discovered that it could be melted down and used to straighten hair or give it shine. Zara Stone, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 To create the look, King primed the hair with a mousse, using the Dyson Supersonic and a round brush to smooth and straighten the hair. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 21 Feb. 2022 The tire change alone makes the car a delight; the cushioning effect of the taller sidewalls and flypaper stick of the Advans make bumps disappear and corners straighten. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 21 Jan. 2022 Finding the right plastic surgeon to tweak Wise’s lips and cheeks and straighten his nose was tougher. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 2 Jan. 2022 Generally, pain on the top of the foot is an inflammation of the tendons that straighten the toes, which run along the top of the foot and are called extensor tendons. Jeff Gaudette, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of straighten

1542, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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30 Apr 2022

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“Straighten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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