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verb [intransitive/transitive] straighten pronunciation in British English /ˈstreɪt(ə)n/
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present tense
present participlestraightening
past tensestraightened
past participlestraightened
  1. straighten


    straighten out

    to make something straight

    He put on his jacket and straightened his tie.

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