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arrange, neaten, order, put in order, set or put to rights, smarten up, spruce up, tidy (up)  

straighten out     
become clear, clear up, correct, disentangle, put right, rectify, regularize, resolve, settle, sort out, unsnarl, work out  
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  ( straightens    3rd person present)   ( straightening    present participle)   ( straightened    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you straighten something, you make it tidy or put it in its proper position.  
She sipped her coffee and straightened a picture on the wall.      V n  
...tidying, straightening cushions and organising magazines.      V n  
2       verb   If you are standing in a relaxed or slightly bent position and then you straighten, you make your back or body straight and upright.  
The three men straightened and stood waiting.      V  
      Straighten up means the same as straighten., phrasal verb  
He straightened up and slipped his hands in his pockets.      V P  
3       verb   If you straighten something, or it straightens, it becomes straight.  
Straighten both legs until they are fully extended...      V n  
The road straightened and we were on a plateau.      V  
      Straighten out means the same as straighten., phrasal verb  
No one would dream of straightening out the knobbly spire at Empingham Church...      V P n (not pron)  
The road twisted its way up the mountain then straightened out for the last two hundred yards.      V P   straighten out  
1       phrasal verb   If you straighten out a confused situation, you succeed in getting it organized and tidied up.   (=sort out)  
He would make an appointment with him to straighten out a couple of things...      V P n (not pron)  
My sister had come in with her calm common sense and straightened them out.      V n P  
    straighten 3   straighten up  
    straighten 2  

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