To neaten is to tidy up or to clean. You can neaten your room by making your bed and throwing your dirty clothes in the laundry basket.

When you turn disorder into order, you neaten. You might neaten your car by throwing away the accumulated soda cans and brushing crumbs off the seats, or neaten your outfit by straightening your tie and tucking in your shirt. Neaten comes from neat, "tidy or clean," from the Middle French net, "clear or pure." The root is the Latin nitere, "to shine."

Definitions of neaten
  1. verb
    put (things or places) in order
    synonyms: clean up, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy, tidy up
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    make, make up
    put in order or neaten
    clean, clean house, houseclean
    clean and tidy up the house
    G.I., GI
    clean in preparation for inspection
    thoroughly clean the entire house, often done only once a year
    type of:
    bring order to or into
  2. verb
    care for one's external appearance
    synonyms: groom
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    clean, cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    remove body hair with a razor
    comb, comb out, disentangle
    smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb
    arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, set
    arrange attractively
    gel, mousse
    apply a styling gel to
    apply pomade to (hair)
    clean up
    make oneself clean, presentable or neat
    make up
    apply make-up or cosmetics to one's face to appear prettier
    care for (one's hand) by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
    perform the services of a barber: cut the hair and/or beard of
    care for one's feet by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
    do up, doll up, glam up, pretty up
    use special care in dressing, making-up, etc.
    slick up, smarten up, spruce, spruce up
    dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion
    perfume, scent
    apply perfume to
    cleanse the entire body
    to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
    lave, wash
    cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
    lather, soap
    rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
    shave with a razor
    shave the head of a newly inducted monk
    bath, bathe
    clean one's body by immersion into water
    direct a spray of water into a bodily cavity, for cleaning
    sleek down, slick, slick down
    give a smooth and glossy appearance
    cut hair in the style of a bob
    set waves in
    fluff, tease
    ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
    apply a highlighter to one's cheeks or eyebrows in order to make them more prominent
    apply lipstick to
    redden by applying rouge to
    use dental floss to clean
    apply powder to
    rid of contamination
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    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
    make more beautiful
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