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English definition of “straight”

straight

adjective, adverb  /streɪt/ us  

straight adjective, adverb (NOT CURVING)

[-er/-est only] not bending or curving: Draw a straight line between the two dots. Stand up straight. The car seemed to be coming straight at me.

straight adjective, adverb (LEVEL)

[-er/-est only] not leaning to either side; level: Since the wall is crooked, how can the picture hang straight?

straight adjective, adverb (BASIC)

[-er/-est only] without anything added or changed; basic or true: Things have gotten so bad, I think it’s time for some straight talk. She couldn’t give a straight answer to any question. It’s important to tell the story straight, exactly as it happened. [-er/-est only] If an alcoholic drink is taken straight, it has no water, ice, or other liquid added to it.

straight adjective, adverb (FOLLOWING)

[not gradable] following one after another without an interruption; consecutive: The team had won four straight games before they lost this one. Sometimes we work 16 hours straight.

straight

adverb [not gradable]  /streɪt/ us  

straight adverb [not gradable] (IMMEDIATELY)

without delay; immediately or directly: I got to the hotel and went straight to bed. If you get straight to the point, you say immediately what is on your mind: My boss simply said, "I’ll get straight to the point. You’re fired!"

straight adverb [not gradable] (DIRECTLY)

clearly or directly: This valentine comes straight from my heart. straight out If you tell someone something straight out, you say it immediately and without a long explanation or any excuses: I walked in, and she told me straight out what had happened.

straight adverb [not gradable] (CLEARLY)

clearly; plainly: I’m so tired I can’t think straight anymore.

straight

adjective [not gradable]  /streɪt/ infml us  

straight adjective [not gradable] (NOT HOMOSEXUAL)

not homosexual; heterosexual
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