Definition of straighten in English:

straighten

verb

  • 1Make or become straight.

    with object ‘she helped him straighten his tie’
    no object ‘here the road straightens and its verges widen’
    • ‘She straightened the collar of his shirt in a very motherly sort of way.’
    • ‘He straightened his tie and rose from the chair again.’
    • ‘She gave a smile, walked over to her son and smoothed out his tie and straightened his jacket.’
    • ‘He straightened his tie in the mirror and again afforded himself a smile.’
    • ‘There was a moment of silence before Harvey finally coughed and straightened his tie.’
    • ‘Out of habit, Meg straightened the white apron tied over her black dress and patted her hair to be sure her long auburn locks were pulled back neatly in a low ponytail.’
    • ‘He straightened his tie, adjusted the suit coat fractionally, and marched back toward the elevators.’
    • ‘Libby quickly straightened her hair and smoothed out the blanket across her lap.’
    • ‘Flynn hesitated for a moment before slowly straightening her back and shutting the fridge door.’
    • ‘As I was straightening my skirt Fiona swept into the room looking slightly ragged.’
    • ‘After the road straightens, look for a spacious car park on the left.’
    • ‘Candy got up uncomfortably from her bus seat, and straightened her ruffled skirt.’
    • ‘He flattened his hair, straightened his tie, and turned to Jane with a blank face.’
    • ‘So Jake pulled a piece of paper from his pocket, placed it in front of him on the lectern, straightened his tie and coughed nervously.’
    • ‘The pain is still there, and I can't really straighten my back anymore.’
    • ‘You know, they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and livable acreage.’
    • ‘The mine company straightened the river, which used to run right through the park.’
    • ‘As the road straightened the van pulled out and blasted past.’
    • ‘The road straightened and led them between the walls of more very fancy-looking estates.’
    • ‘Stepping back, she straightened the bow tie and brushed the lint off the lapels of his jacket.’
    make straight, align
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    1. 1.1no object Stand or sit erect after bending.
      ‘he slowly straightened up, using the table for support’
      • ‘I am nudging 5ft 10 in, if you can get me to straighten up and stop slouching for a minute.’
      • ‘He turned around and bent down to pick up the lantern, but straightened and turned back around when he heard Kayla gasp.’
      • ‘He heard her move, so he straightened up as quickly as he could to greet her.’
      • ‘I straightened, stretched and yawned, glancing idly about me, a man awakening from a romantic reverie.’
      • ‘She started to bend to gather her cloak, but straightened at the last minute.’
      • ‘Even at night it's so good to straighten up and take a short break outside, standing on the porch or under the oak tree, looking up at the stars and breathing the good, cold fresh air.’
      • ‘He straightens up, leans on the broom handle and waits to see who drops by.’
      • ‘He straightens up from the foundations of the house he is helping to build.’
      • ‘He straightens and stands oddly for a moment, staring blankly at the man crossing the underground parking lot twenty paces away.’
      • ‘After a few minutes of driving, Renee suddenly straightened up in her seat.’
      • ‘Nathaniel stopped right in front of Emily, bent down, and kissed her hand lightly before straightening.’
      • ‘He couldn't take a deep breath, couldn't straighten up or move.’
      • ‘Marcus straightened from his crouching position and crossed the space between them.’
      • ‘He's so alone, she thought as she straightened and slowly walked over to stand behind him.’
      • ‘She reaches her hand down to scratch her ankle, then straightens up again.’
      • ‘It was only when he saw my annoyance that he quickly straightened up and cleared his throat.’
      • ‘He saw a man repeatedly bending down and straightening up over the same spot for several minutes.’
      • ‘He bent to pick up the ball and then slowly straightened, cradling it in his hands while regarding her with a crooked smile.’
      • ‘They quickly straightened up in their seats and tried to suppress their giggles.’
      • ‘Stephen straightened immediately in his chair and looked at his aide directly.’
      stand up, stand up straight, stand upright, straighten one's back
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    2. 1.2straighten upno object (of a vehicle, ship, or aircraft) stop turning and move in a straight line.
      ‘it may be wise to straighten up and fly down wind a little’
      • ‘He had tried to straighten up, but over-steered, which led him to lose control and collide with the tree on the other side of the road.’
      • ‘It is said to have swung left alongside the Goole turn-off, failed to straighten up and ended in the field.’
      • ‘Aircraft were warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.’
      • ‘As soon as he straightened up, he cranked the throttle right back and wheelied away up Shortwood!’
      • ‘If I attempt to straighten up, I'm going find myself running out of a flat surface to do it on.’
  • 2with object Make tidy or put in order again.

    ‘he sat down at his desk, straightening his things that Lee had moved’
    ‘they are asking for help in straightening out their lives’
    • ‘He ran his fingers through his short, chocolate hair before straightening his desk and heading home.’
    • ‘The governor has asked you to head up a bipartisan group to look at straightening out California's terrible fiscal situation.’
    • ‘I pressed my lips together, straightening out my thoughts and choosing my words carefully, trying very hard not to be angry.’
    • ‘If your house is always cluttered, resolve to clean or straighten up one room a week, or perhaps resolve never to go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.’
    • ‘He had joined the company as a high-tech troubleshooter, an expert in straightening out these sorts of kinks.’
    • ‘I waited until he had gone around the corner before I sat down in his chair and proceeded to organize his desk a little, straightening out a pile of papers here, wiping away a crumb there.’
    • ‘It is amusing to see that pedestrians would rather make a long detour to avoid the clutter than straighten up the mess.’
    • ‘He relinquished the hope of ever straightening out people like me.’
    • ‘And Tony's had no problem recognizing and straightening out the kid's intransigence in previous seasons.’
    • ‘He told the court that his parents, a social worker and a farm manager, had sat him down and talked to him about straightening up his act.’
    • ‘He has to travel to Bangalore at least once, in order to straighten things out and get his money.’
    • ‘In the two weeks she's been here she's been straightening out anything around the house that isn't perfect.’
    • ‘While Travis' mother is at work, he straightens up the house and looks after his younger brother.’
    • ‘Anyway, we are indebted to Pope Gregory XIII for straightening up the calendar.’
    • ‘At five o'clock I straightened my desk and was about to head out to the elevator.’
    • ‘He found her in her library straightening things on her desk.’
    • ‘Bryant smiled and closed up the files and different things he was working on before straightening them on his desk and rising to his feet.’
    • ‘The average identity theft victim spends 175 hours straightening out the mess.’
    • ‘This was the beginning to straightening out her life.’
    • ‘One suspects that straightening up the leadership in the schools would have a strong positive influence on the school system.’
    put right, set right, sort out, iron out, clear up, settle, resolve, find a solution to, put in order, tidy up, regulate, regularize, rectify, repair, remedy
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Pronunciation

straighten

/ˈstreɪt(ə)n/