tr. & intr.v. straight·ened, straight·en·ing, straight·ensPhrasal Verb:
To make or become straight or straighter.
1. To resolve (a confusion or conflict).
2. To make less confused or troubled: tried to straighten out the problem student.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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