- 1[transitive, intransitive] to become straight; to make something straight straighten something (out) I straightened my tie and walked in. 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
NAmE//ˈstreɪtn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they straighten
he / she / it straightens
past simple straightened
-ing form straightening