straighten Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"straighten" in British English

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uk   /ˈstreɪ.tən/  us   /-ən/

straighten verb (NOT CURVING)

[I or T] to ​becomestraight or to make something ​becomestraight: He straightened his ​tie. Her ​hair is ​naturallycurly but she always straightens it. The ​road straightens out after a few ​miles.

straighten verb (LEVEL)

[T] to make something ​level: The ​picturefell while I was ​trying to straighten it.

straighten verb (TIDY)

[T] to make something ​tidy: She ​stood up and straightened her ​clothes. Pepe was ​careful to straighten his ​room before ​leaving.
(Definition of straighten from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /ˈstreɪt·ən/

straighten verb (MAKE NOT BEND)

[I/T] to make something so that it does not ​bend: [I] Her ​shoulders straightened, and she ​cleared her ​throat. [T] First ​bend and then straighten ​yourleg. [M] You must straighten out the ​pipe.

straighten verb (MAKE LEVEL)

[T] to make something ​level: Please straighten the ​lampshade – it ​tilts to the ​right.
(Definition of straighten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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