transitive verb (neatened; neatening) Date: 1898 1. to set in order ; make neat 2. to finish (as a piece of sewing) carefully

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • neaten — (v.) 1898, from NEAT (Cf. neat) (adj.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Neatened; neatening …   Etymology dictionary

  • neaten — [v] tidy arrange, clean, clear the decks*, fix up, groom, order, put in good shape, put in order, shape up, spruce up*, straighten up, whip into shape*; concept 250 …   New thesaurus

  • neaten — ► VERB ▪ make neat …   English terms dictionary

  • neaten — [nēt′ n] vt. [ NEAT1 + EN] to make neat; cause to be clean, tidy, orderly, or trim: often with up …   English World dictionary

  • neaten — verb To make neat; arrange in an orderly, tidy way; to tidy. She made an attempt to neaten her hair …   Wiktionary

  • neaten — /neet n/, v.t. to make neat: a day spent neatening the kitchen shelves. [1895 1900; NEAT1 + EN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • neaten — Synonyms and related words: clean up, clear the decks, clear up, fix up, groom, police, police up, put in order, put in trim, spruce, spruce up, straighten out, straighten up, tidy, tidy up, trig, trig up, trim, trim up …   Moby Thesaurus

  • néaten — see níeten …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • neaten — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. tidy, arrange, order, fix up, clean up, smooth out, spruce up. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make or keep (an area) clean and orderly. Also used with up: clean (up), clear (up), police, spruce (up),… …   English dictionary for students

  • neaten — nɪːtÉ™n v. organize, arrange, tidy, make neat …   English contemporary dictionary

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