straighten

straight|en [ˈstreıtn] v
1.) [I and T] also straighten out
to become straight, or to make something straight
Can you straighten your leg?
2.) [i]also straighten up
to make your back straight, or to stand up straight after bending down
3.) [T] also straighten up
to make something tidy
Mum told me to straighten my room.
straighten out phr v
1.) straighten sth<=>out
to deal with problems or a confused situation and make it better, especially by organizing things
= ↑sort out
There are several financial problems that need to be straightened out quickly.
2.) to become straight, or to make something straight
The path soon bends to the right then straightens out.
straighten sth<=>out
She straightened out her legs.
3.) to improve your bad behaviour or deal with personal problems, or to help someone do this
He straightened out when he joined the army.
straighten sb<=>out
Her parents changed her school, hoping it would straighten her out.
straighten up phr v
1.) to make your back straight, or to stand up straight after bending down
He remained bent over for several seconds before slowly straightening up.
2.) straighten sth<=>up
to make something tidy
3.) AmE to begin to behave well after behaving badly
You'd better straighten up, young lady!

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • straighten up — {v.} To put in order; make neat. * /Vic had to straighten up his room before he could go swimming./ * /Mrs. Johnson straightened up the house before company came./ Compare: PICK UP(6b), SQUARE AWAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • straighten up — {v.} To put in order; make neat. * /Vic had to straighten up his room before he could go swimming./ * /Mrs. Johnson straightened up the house before company came./ Compare: PICK UP(6b), SQUARE AWAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Straighten — Straight en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Straighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Straighting}.] 1. To make straight; to reduce from a crooked to a straight form. [1913 Webster] 2. To make right or correct; to reduce to order; as, to straighten one s affairs; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • straighten — [strāt′ n] vt., vi. to make or become straight straighten out 1. to make or become less confused, easier to deal with, etc. ☆ 2. to make or become more correct or moral in behavior; reform straighten up to put in good order; make tidy [straighten …   English World dictionary

  • straighten up — (something) to make things neat. Be sure to straighten up your room before you leave. It was only four thirty, and she still had time to straighten things up before the guests arrived …   New idioms dictionary

  • Straighten — Straight en, v. t. A variant of {Straiten}. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • straighten — index fix (repair), organize (arrange), rectify Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • straighten — (v.) 1540s, from STRAIGHT (Cf. straight) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Straightened; straightening …   Etymology dictionary

  • straighten — [v] put in neat or aligned order align, arrange, compose, correct, even, level, make plumb, make straight, neaten, order, put in order, put perpendicular, put straight, put to rights, put upright, put vertical, rectify, set to rights, smarten up* …   New thesaurus

  • straighten — ► VERB 1) make or become straight. 2) stand or sit erect after bending …   English terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.