straighten

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straighten(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to make straight)
a. enderezar
From a squatting position, gradually straighten your legs until you're standing upright.Empezando en cuclillas, endereza las piernas poco a poco hasta estar erguido.
b. poner derecho
Don't slouch in your chair like that. Straighten your back!No te sientes así repatingado. ¡Pon la espalda derecha!
c. alisar (hair or clothing)
Marta didn't like her wavy hair, so she had it straightened.A Marta no le gustaba su pelo ondulado, así que se lo hizo alisar.
d. igualar (hem)
The hem on that skirt is very uneven; it will have to be straightened.El dobladillo de esa falda está muy desigual; habrá que igualarlo.
2. (to tidy)
a. ordenar
I need to straighten my desk. It's a complete mess!Tengo que arreglar mi escritorio. ¡Está todo desordenado!
b. arreglar
Luther straightened the bed to make it look as if it hadn't been slept in.Luther arregló la cama para que pareciera que nadie había dormido allí.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to stand or sit erect)
a. enderezarse
The soldiers all straightened and stood to attention when their commanding officer walked in.Todos los soldados se enderezaron y se pusieron en posición de firmes cuando entró el oficial al mando.
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straighten
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (bent nail, rod)
a. enderezar
2. (picture, tie)
a. poner derecho(a)
to straighten one's backenderezar la espalda
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straighten [ˈstreɪtn]
transitive verb
[+wire, nail] (also straighten out) enderezar; [+picture, tie, hat] poner derecho; enderezar; [+tablecloth] (arrange) poner bien; (smooth out) alisar; [+hair] alisar; [+hem] igualar; [+room, house] (also straighten up) ordenar; arreglar; [+papers] ordenar
to have one's teeth straightened ponerse bien los dientes; to straighten one's shoulders poner la espalda erguida or recta or derecha; to straighten one's back ponerse derecho or erguido; to straighten o.s. (up) arreglarse
to straighten the hem of a skirt he straightened his back
intransitive verb
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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