English version

straighten up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstraighten up phrasal verb1 STANDto make your back straight, or to stand up straight after bending down He remained bent over for several seconds before slowly straightening up.2 straighten something ↔ upTIDY to make something tidy3 American EnglishBEHAVE to begin to behave well after behaving badly You’d better straighten up, young lady! straighten→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
straighten upIf you're lifting something heavy, be careful not to hurt your back when you straighten up.You'd better straighten up or you'll never make it out of high school.She bent over the body, and when she straightened up there were tears in her eyes.
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Verb table
straighten
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theystraighten
he, she, itstraightens
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theystraightened
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave straightened
he, she, ithas straightened
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad straightened
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill straighten
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have straightened
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam straightening
he, she, itis straightening
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you, we, theyare straightening
Past
I, he, she, itwas straightening
you, we, theywere straightening
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been straightening
he, she, ithas been straightening
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been straightening
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be straightening
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been straightening
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