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English verb: straighten out

1. straighten out (change) settle or put right

SamplesWe need to iron out our disagreements.

Synonymsiron out, put right

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

2. straighten out (contact) extricate from entanglement

SamplesCan you disentangle the cord?.

ExamplesThey straighten out their hair

Synonymsdisentangle, unsnarl

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)order

Narrower (hyponym)loosen, ravel, ravel out, tease, tease apart, unravel

Antonymsmat, entangle, snarl, tangle

3. straighten out (change) change for the better

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

Synonymsreform, see the light

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate

Verb groupreclaim, rectify, reform, regenerate

4. straighten out (contact) make straight


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)channelise, channelize, comb, extend, unbend, untwine, untwist, unweave

5. straighten out (cognition) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

SamplesCould you clarify these remarks?.
Clear up the question of who is at fault.

Synonymsclear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illuminate, shed light on, sort out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate

6. straighten out (change) put (things or places) in order

SamplesTidy up your room!.

Synonymsclean up, neaten, square away, straighten, tidy, tidy up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)order

Narrower (hyponym)clean, clean house, houseclean, make, make up

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