Definition of straighten in English:

straighten

verb

  • 1Make or become straight.

    [with object] ‘she helped him straighten his tie’
    [no object] ‘where the river straightened he took his chance to check the barometer’
    • ‘He straightened his tie, adjusted the suit coat fractionally, and marched back toward the elevators.’
    • ‘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 mine company straightened the river, which used to run right through the park.’
    • ‘He flattened his hair, straightened his tie, and turned to Jane with a blank face.’
    • ‘After the road straightens, look for a spacious car park on the left.’
    • ‘The road straightened and led them between the walls of more very fancy-looking estates.’
    • ‘Libby quickly straightened her hair and smoothed out the blanket across her lap.’
    • ‘Candy got up uncomfortably from her bus seat, and straightened her ruffled skirt.’
    • ‘He straightened his tie and rose from the chair again.’
    • ‘You know, they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and livable acreage.’
    • ‘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 in the mirror and again afforded himself a smile.’
    • ‘As the road straightened the van pulled out and blasted past.’
    • ‘There was a moment of silence before Harvey finally coughed and straightened his tie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She straightened the collar of his shirt in a very motherly sort of way.’
    • ‘Stepping back, she straightened the bow tie and brushed the lint off the lapels of his jacket.’
    • ‘The pain is still there, and I can't really straighten my back anymore.’
    • ‘She gave a smile, walked over to her son and smoothed out his tie and straightened his jacket.’
    make straight, align
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    1. 1.1[with 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’
      • ‘The governor has asked you to head up a bipartisan group to look at straightening out California's terrible fiscal situation.’
      • ‘One suspects that straightening up the leadership in the schools would have a strong positive influence on the school system.’
      • ‘He found her in her library straightening things on her desk.’
      • ‘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 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 relinquished the hope of ever straightening out people like me.’
      • ‘I pressed my lips together, straightening out my thoughts and choosing my words carefully, trying very hard not to be angry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was the beginning to straightening out her life.’
      • ‘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 has to travel to Bangalore at least once, in order to straighten things out and get his money.’
      • ‘He ran his fingers through his short, chocolate hair before straightening his desk and heading home.’
      • ‘While Travis' mother is at work, he straightens up the house and looks after his younger brother.’
      • ‘The average identity theft victim spends 175 hours straightening out the mess.’
      • ‘It is amusing to see that pedestrians would rather make a long detour to avoid the clutter than straighten up the mess.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the two weeks she's been here she's been straightening out anything around the house that isn't perfect.’
      • ‘He had joined the company as a high-tech troubleshooter, an expert in straightening out these sorts of kinks.’
      • ‘And Tony's had no problem recognizing and straightening out the kid's intransigence in previous seasons.’
    2. 1.2[no object]Stand or sit erect after bending.
      ‘he straightened up, using the bedside table for support’
      • ‘After a few minutes of driving, Renee suddenly straightened up in her seat.’
      • ‘He bent to pick up the ball and then slowly straightened, cradling it in his hands while regarding her with a crooked smile.’
      • ‘He saw a man repeatedly bending down and straightening up over the same spot for several minutes.’
      • ‘He straightens up from the foundations of the house he is helping to build.’
      • ‘He turned around and bent down to pick up the lantern, but straightened and turned back around when he heard Kayla gasp.’
      • ‘He couldn't take a deep breath, couldn't straighten up or move.’
      • ‘He heard her move, so he straightened up as quickly as he could to greet her.’
      • ‘I am nudging 5ft 10 in, if you can get me to straighten up and stop slouching for a minute.’
      • ‘Marcus straightened from his crouching position and crossed the space between them.’
      • ‘She started to bend to gather her cloak, but straightened at the last minute.’
      • ‘He straightens up, leans on the broom handle and waits to see who drops by.’
      • ‘She reaches her hand down to scratch her ankle, then straightens up again.’
      • ‘I straightened, stretched and yawned, glancing idly about me, a man awakening from a romantic reverie.’
      • ‘He straightens and stands oddly for a moment, staring blankly at the man crossing the underground parking lot twenty paces away.’
      • ‘He's so alone, she thought as she straightened and slowly walked over to stand behind him.’
      • ‘Stephen straightened immediately in his chair and looked at his aide directly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was only when he saw my annoyance that he quickly straightened up and cleared his throat.’
      • ‘They quickly straightened up in their seats and tried to suppress their giggles.’
      • ‘Nathaniel stopped right in front of Emily, bent down, and kissed her hand lightly before straightening.’
    3. 1.3[no object](of a vehicle, ship, or aircraft) stop turning and move in a straight line.
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

straighten

/ˈstrātn/