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"straighten" in British English

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straightenverb

uk   /ˈstreɪ.tən/  us   /-ən/
  • 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)

"straighten" in American English

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straightenverb

 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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