What does straighten mean?

Definitions for straighten
ˈstreɪt nstraight·en

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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. United States:

    I think we should be very concerned and I think we should be concerned about the Chinese law that makes this permissible, i think it should become a major element of State Department policy to try to straighten this out before we proceed and have real problems because Huawei has been very assertive.

  2. De La Rue:

    With your right hand, hold one end of a resistance band overhead. With your left hand, reach behind you to grab the opposite end of the band, bend right elbow and straighten arm to reach up to the ceiling. Start with three sets of 10 reps, then switch to the other arm.

  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. Ross Perot:

    If you can't stand a little sacrifice and you can't stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we're never going to straighten this country out.

  5. Terra Ordonez:

    I'm excited for her to straighten up and get clean because I know she's smart enough to get out of it, hopefully, it's an eye-opener for a lot of women who are struggling. If you're pregnant, scream for help.

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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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