from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put into order; make neat.

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  • v. To make neat; arrange in an orderly, tidy way; to tidy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put (things or places) in order
  • v. care for one's external appearance


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  • It's time to neaten up and reconsider the good old-fashioned blanket

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  • When told of her husband's efforts to neaten the home that day, Ms. Leight laughed, then said he's actually loosened up over the years.

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  • Carefully trim the overhanging pastry to neaten.6.

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  • For projects with no hope of making the deadline, workers toiled instead to put up screening walls, or to neaten the piles of I-beams and rebar that normally littered the sites.

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  • There is no need to clutter the entire home with a sewing project, if you neaten and clean as you sew.

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  • Still, given the tall grass in his yard, the goat company returned with a scythe to neaten up.

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  • "Put your junk in a storage locker, neaten, fix the wobbly ceiling fan -- and do it before you call your Realtor."

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  • I neaten up my hair, put a smear of pink blush on the apples of my cheeks, and roll some cherry-flavored gloss across my lips.

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  • “Oh, but Amy, the house is a mess,” said her mother, and instantly began to neaten things.


  • With a small serrated knife, trim the excess dough flush with the outer rim of the pan, then pat the dough around the edge to neaten it.

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