from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To make or become straight or straighter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See straiten.
  • To make straight, in any sense; specifically, to reduce from a crooked to a straight form.
  • To become straight; assume a straight form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Obs. or R. A variant of straiten.
  • transitive verb To make straight; to reduce from a crooked to a straight form.
  • transitive verb To make right or correct; to reduce to order.
  • transitive verb to cease laughing or smiling, etc., and compose one's features.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To cause to become straight.
  • verb intransitive To become straight.
  • verb transitive To put in order; to sort; to tidy up.
  • verb transitive To clarify a situation or concept to (an audience).
  • verb transitive, slang To bribe or corrupt.
  • verb intransitive To stand up, especially from a sitting position.

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

  • verb make straight
  • verb make straight or straighter
  • verb put (things or places) in order
  • verb straighten up or out; make straight
  • verb straighten by unrolling
  • verb get up from a sitting or slouching position


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From straight + -en


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