neaten

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
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v put (things or places) in order

Synonyms:
clean up, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy, tidy up
Types:
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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
spring-clean
thoroughly clean the entire house, often done only once a year
Type of:
order
bring order to or into

v care for one's external appearance

Synonyms:
groom
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clean, cleanse
clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
shave
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
pomade
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
manicure
care for (one's hand) by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
barber
perform the services of a barber: cut the hair and/or beard of
pedicure
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
bathe
cleanse the entire body
wash
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
razor
shave with a razor
tonsure
shave the head of a newly inducted monk
bath, bathe
clean one's body by immersion into water
douche
direct a spray of water into a bodily cavity, for cleaning
sleek down, slick, slick down
give a smooth and glossy appearance
bob
cut hair in the style of a bob
wave
set waves in
fluff, tease
ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
highlight
apply a highlighter to one's cheeks or eyebrows in order to make them more prominent
lipstick
apply lipstick to
rouge
redden by applying rouge to
floss
use dental floss to clean
powder
apply powder to
decontaminate
rid of contamination
Type of:
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful

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