- 1[transitive, intransitive] to become straight; to make something straight straighten something (out) I straightened my tie and walked in. She walked around my room, straightening things that didn’t need to be straightened. straighten (out) The road bends here then straightens out.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] to make your body straight and vertical straighten something He stood up and straightened his shoulders. straighten something/yourself up I straightened myself up to answer the question. straighten (up) Straighten up slowly, then repeat the exercise ten times. Phrasal Verbsstraighten somebodyoutstraighten somethingoutstraighten somethingup
BrE BrE//ˈstreɪtn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreɪtn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they straighten
BrE BrE//ˈstreɪtn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreɪtn//he / she / it straightens
BrE BrE//ˈstreɪtnz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreɪtnz//past simple straightened
BrE BrE//ˈstreɪtnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreɪtnd//past participle straightened
BrE BrE//ˈstreɪtnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreɪtnd//-ing form straightening
BrE BrE//ˈstreɪtnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreɪtnɪŋ//