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Definition of 'straighten'

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Example sentences containing 'straighten'

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Raise your body as you straighten your supporting leg. Times, Sunday Times (2013)My mother would try to straighten my hair and the stuff burnt my scalp. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Tackling issues and people one at a time is the only way to straighten things out. The Sun (2015)The mayor slowly straightened in his chair and riveted his gaze on me. Christianity Today (2000)Hold the nearly straightened position momentarily before bending your knees to release. Lycholat, Tony Shape Your Body, Shape Your Life (1987)Before she got her hair chemically straightened and added sassy heels to her formerly flat brogues. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He asks for leave without pay for one month to "straighten things out. Tompkins, Jonathan Human Resource Management in Government (1995)Keep pelvis tucked in and slowly straighten back leg. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But things like that straighten you out. The Sun (2007)Dip down and straighten up slowly. The Sun (2014)Both issues can be resolved with a single gadget: the straightening iron. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The road began to straighten, like a runway. Bruce Feiler WALKING THE BIBLE (2001)Push your body up to straighten your arms, keeping your lower back straight. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Maintaining this position, smoothly straighten both legs until they are fully extended. Lycholat, Tony Shape Your Body, Shape Your Life (1987)No matter how the physios tried, his body would not straighten up. The Sun (2010)He has always had long hair, straightened and styled. The Sun (2010)He straightened a picture on the wall, wiped dust from a shelf and moved around the room. Len Deighton BomberBefore sitting down at our house, he very precisely straightened the picture on the wall opposite him. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I ruffled my hair and straightened my collar. John Walsh ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?: A Life Through the Movies (2004)You can't use straightening irons. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Sadly, there's also the rest of the body to straighten out. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Make sure that your knees follow the same line as your toes, and that you fully straighten your legs when you return to the standing position. Lycholat, Tony Shape Your Body, Shape Your Life (1987)

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Translations for 'straighten'

British English: straighten VERB
If you straighten something, you make it tidy or put it in its proper position.
She sipped her coffee and straightened a picture on the wall.
  • American English: straighten
  • Brazilian Portuguese: arrumar
  • Chinese: 整理
  • European Spanish: poner derecho
  • French: ajuster
  • German: begradigen
  • Italian: raddrizzare
  • Japanese: 片付ける
  • Korean: 정돈하다
  • European Portuguese: arrumar
  • Latin American Spanish: poner derecho

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