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STRAIGHTEN OUT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does straighten out mean? 

STRAIGHTEN OUT (verb)
  The verb STRAIGHTEN OUT has 6 senses:

1. settle or put right
2. extricate from entanglement
3. change for the better
4. make straight
5. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
6. put (things or places) in order

  Familiarity information: STRAIGHTEN OUT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


STRAIGHTEN OUT (verb)


Sense 1straighten out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Settle or put right

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

iron out; put right; straighten out

Context example:

we need to iron out our disagreements

Hypernyms (to "straighten out" is one way to...):

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2straighten out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extricate from entanglement

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

unsnarl; disentangle; straighten out

Context example:

Can you disentangle the cord?

Hypernyms (to "straighten out" is one way to...):

order (bring order to or into)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "straighten out"):

loosen; tease; tease apart (disentangle and raise the fibers of)

ravel; ravel out; unravel (disentangle)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They straighten out their hair


Sense 3straighten out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change for the better

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

see the light; straighten out; reform

Context examples:

The lazy student promised to reform / the habitual cheater finally saw the light

Hypernyms (to "straighten out" is one way to...):

ameliorate; better; improve; meliorate (get better)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4straighten out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make straight

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

straighten; straighten out

Hypernyms (to "straighten out" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "straighten out"):

comb (straighten with a comb)

unweave (undo strands that have been woven together)

untwine (undo what has been twined together)

channelise; channelize (cause to form a channel)

extend (open or straighten out; unbend)

unbend (free from flexure)

untwist (cause to become untwisted)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5straighten out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

shed light on; crystallise; crystalize; crystalise; sort out; illuminate; elucidate; crystallize; enlighten; clear up; straighten out; clear

Context examples:

Could you clarify these remarks? / Clear up the question of who is at fault

Hypernyms (to "straighten out" is one way to...):

clarify; clear up; elucidate (make clear and (more) comprehensible)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6straighten out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put (things or places) in order

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

tidy up; tidy; square away; neaten; clean up; straighten; straighten out

Context example:

Tidy up your room!

Hypernyms (to "straighten out" is one way to...):

order (bring order to or into)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "straighten out"):

make; make up (put in order or neaten)

clean; clean house; houseclean (clean and tidy up the house)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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