AskDefine | Define straighten

Dictionary Definition

straighten

Verb

1 straighten up or out; make straight [syn: unbend] [ant: bend]
2 make straight [syn: straighten out]
3 get up from a sitting or slouching position; "The students straightened when the teacher entered"
4 put (things or places) in order; "Tidy up your room!" [syn: tidy, tidy up, clean up, neaten, straighten out, square away]
5 straighten by unrolling; "roll out the big map" [syn: roll out]
6 make straight or straighter; "Straighten this post"; "straighten hair"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /stɹeɪtn/, /streItn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪtən

Etymology

From straight + -en

Verb

  1. To cause to become straight.
  2. To become straight.
  3. To put in order; to sort; to tidy up.
  4. To clarify a situation or concept to (an audience).
  5. In the context of "transitive|slang": To bribe or corrupt.
  6. To stand up, especially from a sitting position.

Translations

make straight
become straight
stand up

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adjust, arrange, clean up, clear up, correct, disentangle, neaten, organize, put in order, rearrange, rectify, reform, rehabilitate, reorganize, resolve, settle, sort out, spruce up, straighten out, tidy up, uncurl, unkink, unravel, unsnarl, untangle
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