What does Straighten mean?

Definitions for Straighten
ˈstreɪt nstraight·en

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Straighten.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. straighten, unbendverb

    straighten up or out; make straight

  2. straighten, straighten outverb

    make straight

  3. straightenverb

    get up from a sitting or slouching position

    "The students straightened when the teacher entered"

  4. tidy, tidy up, clean up, neaten, straighten, straighten out, square awayverb

    put (things or places) in order

    "Tidy up your room!"

  5. roll out, straightenverb

    straighten by unrolling

    "roll out the big map"

  6. straightenverb

    make straight or straighter

    "Straighten this post"; "straighten hair"


  1. straightenverb

    To cause to become straight.

  2. straightenverb

    To become straight.

  3. straightenverb

    To put in order; to sort; to tidy up.

  4. straightenverb

    To clarify a situation or concept to (an audience).

  5. straightenverb

    To bribe or corrupt.

  6. straightenverb

    To stand up, especially from a sitting position.

  7. Etymology: From straight + -en

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Straightenverb

    To make not crooked; to make straight.

    Etymology: from straight.

    A crooked stick is not straightened except it be as far bent on the clean contrary side. Richard Hooker.

    Of our selves being so apt to err, the only way which we have to straighten our paths is, by following the rule of his will, whose footsteps naturally are right. Richard Hooker.


  1. straighten

    Straighten generally means to make or become straight or orderly in form, shape, or position. It can reflect the act of removing or correcting bends, curves, deviations, or irregularities in a physical object or in an abstract idea. It can also refer to improving behavior or circumstances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Straightenverb

    to make straight; to reduce from a crooked to a straight form

  2. Straightenverb

    to make right or correct; to reduce to order; as, to straighten one's affairs; to straighten an account

  3. Straightenverb

    a variant of Straiten

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Straighten' in Verbs Frequency: #1086

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Straighten in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Straighten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Straighten in a Sentence

  1. Billy Graham:

    If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.

  2. Susana Mallinson:

    This has been very hard for me to get adjusted, in being by myself with not enough money and not enough, you know, people around me to console me, i don't have any family. So it's very hard and especially to straighten out the papers that belong to me.

  3. President Trump:

    He made such a fool out of himself. What people dont report is the letter he had to do to straighten out his testimony because his testimony was wrong, but Nancy Pelosi... doesnt talk about it.

  4. Mario Hamlin:

    There were times when I could have steered right or steered left, but my parents were always there to straighten me out and get me back on track.

  5. Cliven Bundy:

    The Lord told me ... if (the sheriff doesn't) take away these arms (from federal agents), we the people will have to face these arms in a civil war. He said, 'This is your chance to straighten this thing up,'.

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Translations for Straighten

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  • adreçar, redreçarCatalan, Valencian
  • ισιώνωGreek
  • desencorvar, enderezar, destorcer, estirarSpanish
  • oikaista, suoristaa, suoristua, oietaFinnish
  • redresserFrench
  • drizzareItalian
  • rechtmaken, rechttrekken, [[recht]] [[worden]], rechten, opspringen, [[overeind]] [[springen]], zich rechtenDutch
  • endireitarPortuguese
  • îndreptaRomanian
  • выпрямля́ть, вы́прямить, вы́прямиться, выпрямля́тьсяRussian

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