straighten

When you straighten something, you either unbend it or tidy it up. So you might straighten your legs, get off the couch, and straighten the room.

To make something straight is to straighten it. When you uncross your legs and stretch them out in front of you, you straighten them. And if you adjust a picture on the wall so it's perfectly level, you straighten it. In the the 14th century, the equivalent verb was straight — so in those days, your mom would have said, "Straight your bedroom before you go out with your friends!"

Definitions of straighten
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v make straight or straighter

Straighten this post”
straighten hair”
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

v make straight

Synonyms:
straighten out
Types:
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untwist
cause to become untwisted
unbend
free from flexure
extend
open or straighten out; unbend
channelise, channelize
cause to form a channel
untwine
undo what has been twined together
unweave
undo strands that have been woven together
comb
straighten with a comb
roach
comb (hair) into a roach
currycomb
clean (a horse) with a currycomb
hackle, hatchel, heckle
comb with a heckle
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v straighten up or out; make straight

Synonyms:
unbend
Antonyms:
bend, flex
form a curve
Type of:
change posture
undergo a change in bodily posture

v get up from a sitting or slouching position

“The students straightened when the teacher entered”
Types:
rear, rise up
stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds
draw up, pull up, straighten up
straighten oneself
rear back
rear backwards on its hind legs
Type of:
change posture
undergo a change in bodily posture

v put (things or places) in order

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

v straighten by unrolling

Synonyms:
roll out
Type of:
disentangle, unwind
separate the tangles of

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