become clear, clear up, correct, disentangle, put right, rectify, regularize, resolve, settle, sort out, unsnarl, work out
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straighten ( 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.
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
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