HyperDic: straighten

English > 6 senses of the word straighten:
VERBmotionstraighten, unbendstraighten up or out
contactstraighten, straighten outmake straight
motionstraightenget up from a sitting or slouching position
changestraighten, tidy, tidy up, clean up, neaten, straighten out, square awayput (things or places) in order
contactstraighten, roll outstraighten by unrolling
changestraightenmake straight or straighter
straighten > pronunciation
Soundsstrey'tahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > straighten: 6 senses > verb 1, motion
Meaningstraighten up or out; make straight.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s something
Synonymunbend
Broaderchange postureUndergo a change in bodily posture
Oppositebend, flexform a curve
Spanishdesencorvar, enderezar, erguirse
Catalanadreçar, dreçar, posar dret, redreçar-se
English > straighten: 6 senses > verb 2, contact
Meaningmake straight.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymstraighten out
Narrowerchannelize, channeliseCause to form a channel
combstraighten with a comb
extendopen or straighten out
unbendFree from flexure
untwineundo what has been twined together
untwistCause to become untwisted
unweaveundo strands that have been woven together
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Spanishenderezar, erguir, levantar
Catalanadreçar, aixecar, alçar, dreçar, redreçar
Nounsstraightenera device for straightening
English > straighten: 6 senses > verb 3, motion
Meaningget up from a sitting or slouching position.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Example"The students straightened when the teacher entered"
Narrowerdraw up, pull up, straighten upstraighten oneself
rear, rise upstand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds
Broaderchange postureUndergo a change in bodily posture
Spanishalzarse, erguirse, levantarse
Catalanadreçar-se, aixecar, alçar-se
English > straighten: 6 senses > verb 4, change
Meaningput (things or places) in order.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymstidy, tidy up, clean up, neaten, straighten out, square away
Narrowerhouseclean, clean house, cleanclean and tidy up the house
make, make upput in order or neaten
BroaderorderBring order to or into
Spanisharreglar, asear, limpiar
Catalanagençar, arranjar, arreglar, endreçar, netejar
English > straighten: 6 senses > verb 5, contact
Meaningstraighten by unrolling.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymroll out
Broaderunwind, disentangleseparate the tangles of
Spanishdesenrollar, enderezar, estirar
English > straighten: 6 senses > verb 6, change
Meaningmake straight or straighter.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
ModelThey straighten their hair
Examples
  • "Straighten this post"
  • "straighten hair"
Broaderarrange, set upput into a proper or systematic order
See alsostraighten outmake free from confusion / confusion or ambiguity
straighten outextricate from entanglement
Spanishenderezar
Catalanadreçar-se, adreçar, aixecar-se, aixecar, alçar-se, alçar, dreçar-se, dreçar, redreçar-se, redreçar

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