Meaning of “straighten” in the English Dictionary

"straighten" in English

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uk /ˈstreɪ.tən/ us /ˈstreɪ.ən/

(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 your leg.
[ 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)